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5 ways to think big, any day of the week

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.

Encourage teammates to submit ideas into a single project. Then, have everyone like their favorites and sort them based on that.

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5 ways to think big, any day of the week

5 ways to think big, any day of the week

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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 place when you know you’ll need to present your ideas to an audience is a good way to force you to structure your approach.

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 they should be framed in a way that doesn’t feel burdensome or insurmountable. 

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 be energized by the opportunity. This way, your teammates will feel ownership over the conclusions you come to together, and you’ll gain focus and clarity.

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, afternoon, evening).

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  • Anything that can be given to someone else should be put on an outsource list.
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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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So by breaking a larger project down into smaller to-dos, it will be easier for you to identify what step you should take next.

These smaller steps should be written down on a list. 

You Work Better With Specific Goals

The main reasons why specific goals are so powerful:

  • They force us to make a choice to pursue them and exclude anything that’s irrelevant. This increases our focus.
  • They incite effort.
  • They inspire us to be more persistent, as we have a clear idea of what success looks like.
  • They immediately get our wheels turning on the strategies necessary to attain them.

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GTD (Getting Things Done)

GTD is a productivity method for organizing your to-dos, priorities, and schedule in a way that makes them all manageable.

Its 5 principles are:

  • Capture
  • Clarify
  • Org...

"GTD is an organizational system. It doesn't put rules around how you actually do your work. Instead, it focuses on how you capture the work you need to do, organize it, and choose what needs your attention"

"GTD is an organizational system. It doesn't put rules around how you actually do your work. Instead, it focuses on how you capture the work you need to do, organize it, and choose what needs your attention"

GTD: Capture
Capture everything. Your to-dos, your ideas, your recurring tasks, everything. Put it in a pen-and-paper notebook, a to-do app, a planner, whatever you prefer to use to get organized.

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