Identify First Steps

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.

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Problem Solving


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).

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.

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.

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. 

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  • 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. 

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"Breaking tasks down helps us to see large tasks as more approachable and doable, and reduces our propensity to procrastinate or defer tasks, because we simply don’t know where to begin."

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Moving to a team-centered role

If you've moved from an individual role to a more team-centred position, working as part of a team may at first pose a challenge.

But, there are ways to overcome this problem and learn how to work together in a team.

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