027: Eating the Elephant: Creating Personalized Systems

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027: Eating the Elephant: Creating Personalized Systems

How do you accomplish your big goals and tasks? Start by eating the elephant! Using systems, like this and others will positively affect productivity, relationships and overall goals. In today’s episode, learn exactly what systems are and how to personalize them for you and your environment.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • Discover how to be more proactive instead of reactive with your systems.
  • How to customize your system to work for  you and your environment.
  • Why you should Eat the Elephant: take bite-sized steps toward goals.
  • Actionable tactics you can use to break down big tasks, projects and events.

What To Do Next:

  • Use the steps in the Resources & Links section below to make your elephant into bite-sized pieces.
  • Listen to episode 003 to learn how you can achieve goals through even more actionable strategies.

Resources and Links

Listen to episode 003: Creating an Action Plan for Goal Success

Steps to Eating the Elephant:

  • Assess: Reflect on your relationship to the elephant. Is it your elephant? Are you setting a goal to make someone else happy? If it’s not YOUR elephant, decide one how much power you want to give it. When you look at your ultimate goal, what is it you want to achieve. Look at where you are in relation to that goal. Next, ask yourself what your obstacle is in getting to that elephant. Look internally and see what is holding you back.
  • Break It Down: Figure out a sub-task of the larger task. Go into it with the expectation of how long you’re going to work – it could be 10 minutes or 40 minutes. You can even put on a podcast or music, depending on the task.
  • Celebrate Your Wins: Reward yourself when you do your work and after your focus time. Commit to stay focused during your set time.

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton