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5 ways to think big, any day of the week

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5 ways to think big, any day of the week
"How do I make sure I'm thinking about the big picture, when I'm always working on a lot of small things that seem to take up all my time?" This was a question a product manager once asked me when she felt lost in the weeds, and one you may have asked yourself.

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Ground Yourself In Reality

Brainstorming lets you speculate without restriction, but your ideas must be checked against reality. Be realistic about what options are actionable, and then take the next steps.

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Identify First Steps

Big tasks tend to lead to procrastination if we don’t immediately choose the first steps. Study past similar tasks, the necessity for it and how to achieve it.

Having a time and a plac...

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Choose Specific Goals

Breaking your big picture into specific doable goals will make it much more actionable. Especially if they come with a finite timeline.

Big questions are worth asking but...

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Buddy Up

Find other people to think with and bounce ideas back and forth.

If you’re a manager, buddy with someone who reports to you: teammates who don’t often get the chance to strategize will...

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Allocate Time To Think

If you just do what’s next on your to-do list, you won’t find time to think about the big picture. 

Block off time on your calendar based on when you’re most creative (morning, af...

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A Specific Daily To-Do List

  • You should only put things on a to-do list that you have the time and resources to achieve
  • Big goals and projects should be broken down into actionable tasks.
  • It helps to match the action with your productivity levels.
  • If something doesn’t get done, reevaluate the task at the end of the day. 

An Outsource List

  • Look at everything on your to-do list and ask yourself, ‘Am I the only person who can do this?’
  • Anything that can be given to someone else should be put on an outsource list.
  •  While outsourcing takes the extra time upfront to train someone else on the task, it saves you time later, which can be used to focus on the things you do have to do. 

A Long-Term Goals List

Even if you think it’s too big of a dream but it’s something you want, write it down anyway. 

When you write something down, studies say you’ll be 33% more likely to do it because it sets an intention and puts a goal into motion.

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