Think Big, Act Small
When it comes to achieving goals or developing new habits, we often approach them as all-or-nothing situations. However, breaking down goals into small steps can help us avoid fatigue and ensure we have the mental space to make progress while juggling other responsibilities.
Benefits of taking small steps:
- Avoid fatigue in managing tasks
- Ensure mental space to make progress
- Create small victories and see progress
Many of us feel overwhelmed when trying to solve problems or create a more efficient workplace. This can be because there are a lot of tasks to do, and finding a path to a solution can be daunting. Sometimes, a complete resolution is not achievable right here and right now. Creating a plan and making incremental progress can help to manage workload and reduce stress.
How to break down big goals into manageable ones:
- Start with a small step
- Establish the habit
- Move on to the next step
For example, if you want to develop a new habit of connecting with your swimmers more outside of practice:
- Start by being at practice 10 minutes earlier to greet them
- Once you’ve established this habit, move on to the next step of adding something else to the mix to create that connection
- By taking small steps, you’ll create a small victory of an extra 10 minutes on deck with your swimmers to build that connection
Similarly, if you struggle to submit your board report on time every month:
- Create a template that you can use over and over again
- This small step can help you to better manage your workload and ensure that you meet your deadlines
Taking small steps toward your goals can help you to avoid fatigue, manage your workload, and create small victories that will keep you motivated. Remember that progress takes time and effort, but breaking down big goals into manageable ones will help you achieve success in the long run.