“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” – Henry Ford
Don’t you just hate the feeling that you simply cannot finish a job… it’s too difficult, too big, too awkward, too dull… and the only thing you do with it is postpone it… sounds familiar?!
I’ve got this all the time… and I’m so stupid enough to think that postponing is the answer.
At work I got to learn how to handle these things. At the office it can get extremely hectic and busy. Usually I can handle it quite well, but sometimes I just start flipping and I just can’t seem to finish anything… I reply to this mail, begin with that project, put that paper aside… everything comes into my hands, but nothing actually gets done. Do you know the feeling?!
My colleague Sofie and I have got the habit of telling eachother when we start losing it… and then we always help eachother… The ‘sane’ one starts putting the ‘crazy’ one at ease… “ok, make a list of the things you need to do. Now… what’s the most important thing to do… and what next… what can wait until tomorrow… or the day after that”.
It sounds simple enough… and it actually is… but sharing it is just what we need at the time… we just need to hear the other one’s confirmation and reassurance. And that’s what good colleagues are for 🙂
I really should start putting this quote into practice when it comes to jobs in and around the house though… cleaning cupboards, arranging my books, clearing out the garage, washing the windows, ironing those large piles of clothes,… I just hate it… and it always takes so much time to do those chores…
So my intention is to listen to Henry Ford’s advice… I will divide a couple of chores into smaller jobs, jobs that don’t scare me to start with because they’re too large… I really hope that I will succeed so when the time summer starts some of these boring jobs are ticked off my list!
How do you handle this? Are you someone who gets things done once started or are you like me… postponing those dreaded chores for as long as possible…?! Tell me in the comments!
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2 thoughts on “Talks from the heart… How to handle a big job?!”
It depends, actually. Sometimes I leave it till the last minute, but sometimes I face the task immediately. For example, I don’t like to iron clothes and I used to let it pile up in the laundry basket. The pile got so big, I dreaded it even more. So now I iron everything as soon as possible and the pile is never there, so I don’t have to worry about it anymore :-).
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That pile of laundry… don’t get me started on that 😦 I really should be ironing right now instead of blogging 😀 Love, Kathleen
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