Last week, we helped Tim uncover some precious Slices of hours from his busy schedule. Today, let’s help him make the most of it for fulfilling his dream.
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Like Tim, we often overwhelm ourselves by attempting to finish a given task (big or small) as one big bulky block. In doing so, we sap ourselves of the motivation to getting even started. We get caught in the procrastination quicksand, and soon the passion dies, and nothing gets done.
Tim needs another lesson. This time we will help him not add a new Slice but Slice his dreamwork into several Bytes.
What are Bytes?
A unit of digital information used to encode a single character of text in computer architecture. A collection of bytes become kilobytes. A kilobyte becomes a megabyte, and so on.
Writing a book in a year can be scary.
Writing a chapter each month can still be scary.
Writing several pages each day can be scary nevertheless.
Writing a paragraph seems daunting, but
How about writing a sentence each day?
I am sure Tim would agree that he can write at least a sentence in his newly discovered Slice of 2 hours each day.
The beauty of this method is that by slicing the effort to the smallest possible bytes, Tim will revive his motivation and look forward to doing his daily ritual of writing – one sentence at a time. Over time, it’s natural for Tim to pick up speed and improve his reach from a sentence to a paragraph to page to several pages or chapters.
Tim is now on his way to achieving his dream using the Slice and Byte method. With our help, he could get this moving without straining himself or making any significant changes to his lifestyle.
If this sounds familiar to you, then you are not alone. If we were to check our time savings account for the week, you would be surprised to find 10 or more hours neatly sitting untouched. But, unlike your money savings account, the time savings account does not compound. You lose it if you don’t use it.
It has become fashionable to call ourselves ‘busy’. We tend to over-estimate the scale and size of any given task on hand and under-estimate the power of sub-micro feats.
Now let’s consider what we could do in the available time Slice in Byte size portion during the week.
- Upgrade or learn new skills
- Start a hobby
- Learn a musical instrument
- Start a blog
- Start a book
- Get into shape
The list can go on.
The point is, we tend to give up on starting any tasks because we don’t have time. Most of us have a necessary evil called the Smartphone. When you bought your first Smartphone, did you know you would spend hours each day staring at it? Do you remember how you spent those hours before the Smartphone?
If we wasted money the way we waste time, we’d all be bankrupt.
If you have a dream, just remember to add a Slice into your day and slice up your goal into easy Bytes.
All monumental journeys were taken one step at a time.
Find your Slice and Byte into it.
Thank you for sharing some of your precious time with me each week. Leave a comment if you liked it.
Until next week.