Match the Tools with the Task

What if you had a field to mow? Would you pick a big riding mower or a small push mower? It seems like the easy answer is the big mower… right?

Recently we participated in an event in Atlanta and after working ourselves to the bone for a few days… (Ok – maybe we didn’t work quite that hard)  we decided to catch an Atlanta Braves game with some friends.

At the end of the game and as we were following the crowd out of the stadium we saw something that caught our eye and made us stare in amazement. Down on the field we saw one guy with one very small lawnmower start working on the field.  A push mower in the middle of the outfield.  The site literally made us all stop in our tracks and watch.

Slack for iOS UploadWe all laughed and commented things like “Well… he’s got his work cut out for him” and “that’s an awful big field for such a little mower”. But it really made me stop and think because guess what? I’ve been that guy. The guy with a huge job in front of him and feeling like my resources are completely inadequate.

Have you ever had a job that just seemed overwhelming? The type of task that you look at and have absolutely no idea where to start… or what to do next … or how you will ever accomplish it? I know we all have. But here is the real question: Did you complete the job or did you wave your arms in defeat?

I love the quote “Giving up is always an option, but never my choice.” Here’s the thing, if you don’t want to give up on those huge, daunting tasks then you better have a purpose and a plan to get you through the hard spots.

Here are 5 things to remember when the job feels too big.

#1 – Get the Right Tools

If you’re going to knock down an entire building you don’t show up with just a hammer. (Or mow a ball field with a push mower.) Yet as entrepreneurs we sure are quick to jump into projects armed only with only our brilliant ideas and insufficient tools.  Figure out what tools will make the job easier and use them.

#2 – Take Little Bites

If the best way to get something done is to begin the second best way is to recognize that small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results. Break your project into chunks and considering segmenting time in your day (or week) to specifically work on it.

#3 – Get (and keep) some Perspective

It is way too easy to get overwhelmed if all you do is look at the big picture. Things may seem daunting and progress seems too slow.  Where did you start? How far have you come? These are things to keep in mind if you feel yourself become negative of critical .

#4 – Ask for Help

Don’t wait too long to ask for help.  It is completely possible that there are people smarter than you with more experience than you and they just might be able to help you along the way. Save yourself unnecessary bumps in the road and just ask for help.

#5 – Be Persistent

Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

If the “field you are mowing” seems a little overwhelming consider implementing these simple tactics.  I know they’ll help.

Happy Monday…

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