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Get A Handle on the Small Things and Get it Together!

June 11, 2015

Get it together!Are you an organized person or do you have lots of small half finished jobs awaiting your attention?

What does this sentence have to do with the #1 Word Blog Challenge – ‘together & small’ I hear you ask?  Well…..

I was looking to write for the #1Word Blog Challenge this week.  The words were ‘together’ and ‘small’.  I was having severe writer’s block and was scrolling through some quotes, searching for together and small when I found one from Van Gogh “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”.

Okay, I thought, I have a theme to write about.  I then came across this one from Joyce Meyers which had a different aspect at looking at ‘together’ and ‘small’.  It is actually about being organized!

I ask the question again “Are you an organized person?”

Ask my family and they will tell you I am almost anal in organization.  I have lists about lists and love ticking off each job as it is completed.  Of course there are times when even I procrastinate, who doesn’t, however if you want to achieve your goals you just have to do it!  I just hate having small things unfinished when it might only take half an hour to clear them up.

[bctt tweet=”So how do we realize larger goals if we can’t handle the small things?”]

Here are 4 top tips to getting it together so you can achieve your goals

1. Write it down

Once you write down your goal, no matter how large or small, it is there for you to see everyday.  This will help you define your goal. You need to put a time limit on when you want to achieve it.  Don’t be unrealistic but you need to keep focused and accountable.  Stick the goal on your mirror so you see it everyday.

2. Break it down

If you are working towards a large goal such as studying for a degree, saving for a holiday, house or event, you need to break it down into smaller sized goals so that the task doesn’t seem onerous.  Make a list of all the small things that you need to do to achieve your main goal.  Keep a notebook as you may need to add to the list from time to time, while hopefully ticking off other items.

3. Tick it off

As you finish each item on the list tick them off.  It is surprising how motivating it can be to tick an item off the list.  That can even apply to housework!  Yeah bathroom finished – tick, vacuuming finished – tick, writing a blog that I don’t want to write – tick!

4. Do the hard things first to avoid procrastination

If you are working on a list of small jobs, get the hard jobs or jobs you don’t like out of the way first.  We all have things that we have to do but don’t like doing.  Get them done, tick them off and pat yourself on the back.  You will then whiz through the easier items on your list.

Treating small tasks in this manner will have you tackling those larger goals in no time.  We can be organized – it is just a matter of getting organized to be organized and getting it all together!


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  • Reply Marcia @ Blogitudes June 11, 2015 at 15:07

    This is such an excellent and much-needed post, Sue! Thank you! I’m also a list-maker … but here’s where I fail at getting things done: I make a list one day, but then the next day I make a new list. By day 3, List 1 is buried beneath the 2 other lists. 🙂 I love your suggestion that I give each item on a list a time limit, and you’ve given me a fresh new idea. I’m no longer going to make separate daily lists. I’m going to start making big, one long list. I’m going to specify a date of completion … and I’m going to start ticking them off as I complete each item. Thank you. Thank you! I feel so much more productive already! 🙂

    • Reply sue June 12, 2015 at 09:01

      Thank you Marcia for such positive feedback to my post and also the opportunity to link up to 1word. Yes I can be guilty of multiple lists if I’m not careful. Have a lovely day and look forward to next week’s word.

  • Reply Janine Huldie June 11, 2015 at 21:15

    I absolutely am someone who hates have small and even larger tasks not completed. So I most definitely make lists, as well, because otherwise I might forget to do something, which would drive me crazy. Loved your advice here and thank you 😉

    • Reply sue June 12, 2015 at 09:00

      We are definitely alike Janine! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and look forward to hearing from you again

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill June 11, 2015 at 21:19

    Hi Sue – I’m pretty anal about stuff too – I am a firm believer in your number #4 – I try to do the yucky stuff first or else it just keeps getting shoved down the list. Great post and nice to see you on the 1word challenge 🙂 ~Leanne

    • Reply sue June 12, 2015 at 08:59

      Yes yucky stuff first that’s my motto too. Thanks for commenting and yes I’m glad I found 1word it gives you an idea of what to write about. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Julie Jo Severson June 12, 2015 at 00:45

    Oh I need to heed this advice. I’m not a list person, but I admire those who are. What an interesting take on this week’s words. Love the Van Gogh quote. Great one to keep in mind when feeling overwhelmed with the big things.

    • Reply sue June 12, 2015 at 08:58

      Yes I need to heed my own advice sometimes! Yes I wanted to write something with a bit of a difference. Have a lovely day and thanks for your comments.

  • Reply Lisa @ The Golden Spoons June 12, 2015 at 02:45

    These are great tips!! I am usually a very organized person, but lately I have found myself forgetful and stressed out. I need to get back to my basic of organization – lists, calendars, and taking it all one thing at a time! 🙂

    • Reply sue June 12, 2015 at 08:57

      We all get that way when we are stressed! That is why I agree with you back to basics does help to ground us. Have a lovely day and thanks for the opportunity to link up

  • Reply Kathleen June 12, 2015 at 20:09

    Thanks for bringing your organizing tips to Fridays #BlogBoosterParty. I am not always the most organized but I do try and swallow the green frog jobs first (Mark Twain) so that they don’t bug me all day.

    • Reply sue June 13, 2015 at 11:08

      Thanks Kathleen! I look forward to the Fridays #BlogBoosterParty and the opportunity to share my work.

  • Reply Michele June 13, 2015 at 00:13

    This reminds me of an episode of Mash where Klinger declares he is going to eat a jeep. When asked how he could do such a crazy thing, he replies, “one bite at a time!”

    • Reply sue June 13, 2015 at 11:13

      LOL:) Great Analogy – I remember Klinger and MASH! Thanks for your comments.

  • Reply Teresa (embracing the spectrum) June 14, 2015 at 01:49

    Great post and I love the advice. It’s spot on! Coming by from the Blog Booster Party!

    • Reply sue June 15, 2015 at 08:31

      I’m glad you like the post and took on board some of my suggestions. Thanks for your comments Teresa.

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville ( June 17, 2015 at 11:05

    I am a serial procrastinator over the small things. I sometimes just jump in like when I started this blog of mine and hadn’t even read another blog ever, had no idea what I was doing and just did it. But most other things I seem to procrastinate over, I make lists, then ignore them, maybe I’m a lost cause lol, great tips!

    • Reply sue June 17, 2015 at 12:01

      I’m one to jump in Mackenzie! I think of something and away I go. So I’m a little of a contradiction, I’m sometimes impulsive but I like my lists to keep me in check.

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues June 18, 2015 at 03:43

    I am a planning freak. It is even in the tag line of Debbie in Shape. I cannot work with chaos and incomplete tasks. Unless there is a shift in my priorities that really requires that I put some project down.
    Thank you for sharing it on #WednesdayWisdom.

    • Reply sue June 18, 2015 at 15:58

      That is why you have achieved so much Debbie and also why you are conquering your illness. You are an inspiration!

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