We’re revisiting some posts on decision making as a good way to start 2017. If you could ask five questions that would make decisions easier, would you use them? I would, and I do. I’ve borrowed the questions from Gretchen Rubin, but the embellishments, for better or worse, are my own.
For the first two questions, see the last two weeks. And now,
Fateful Question #3.
What steps would make things easier?
Enter question #3–What steps would make things easier?
Small, manageable tasks.
Say I am staring at a blank page for a proposal I know is due, and it may just be the best-selling NYT-list book that gets me that trip to New Zealand, but I can’t think of anything better than “Publish my book because it’s amazing and — Squirrel! Tree! Monkeys in trees– playing with squirrels! Banana!!!”
Am I going to give the whole thing up and go drown my sorrows at Starbucks?
No. Well, maybe. At least that last part. But I won’t give up. I’ll break it down into steps.
1. Research topic.
2. Look for competing books.
3. Brainstorm chapter outline.
4. Go get Starbucks.
5. Make raspberry truffle brownies.
6. Surf Pinterest for a better brownie recipe.
7. Get back with the program.
What steps would make things easier? For you? Today? To do that big thing that scares you?
- Make a list.
- Put it in order.
- Plan when and how each step will get done.
- Get what you need to do it.
- Do it.
- Celebrate at Starbucks.
Back to Question #1—What are you waiting for?
But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3.12-14