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I looked down at the plate, and looked back up
at the waiter. Was that it?
My main course consisted of a thin sliver of
meat, some honey-glazed carrots, and a piece of lettuce.
It looked pretty sitting all alone in the middle of the
"Enjoy!" smiled the waiter, and he was
So this was French nouvelle cuisine?! I was more
used to the "hide-the-plate, pile 'em high,
don't-let-me-see-any-ceramic" system of food
portions. If I didn't have the fleeting thought, "I might
die trying to eat all this," then it just wasn't a proper
Three gulps and I was done.
Pow! It struck me that we are habituated to
taking on more than we can chew. We get stuffed, bloated,
overwhelmed. Some people look at their loaded plates and
think, "I'll eat it later when I feel hungry."
Procrastination is when you look at what's on
your plate and you think: No way! It's a mountain. I
can't do it.
Ever see a Texan steak? It
still has hooves and horns on it! Most of us look at it and
think: No way, it'll kill me!
Whenever you think it's too much for you to
manage, do what they do in French resturants. Cut it up.
Chop it into smaller portions. Eat it one small
appetizing bite at a time, one small meal at a
In NLP, this is called
Organizing or breaking down some experience into
bigger or smaller pieces. Chunking up involves moving
to a larger, more abstract level of information.
Chunking down involves moving to a more specific and
concrete level of information. Chunking laterally
involves finding other examples at the same level of
Chunking means, you take that big overwhelming
hunk of Texan steer, and you slice it up, until
it's in smaller chunks. If you look at those chunks,
and they still look too overwhelming, cut them into even
smaller chunks. Keep going until you get to
a bite-sized morsel where you think, "yes, I
can easily eat that." Then just eat it one small chunk at
a time, one small meal at a time. And keep going
day-after-day until you've eaten the whole darn
When you have a project that seems too big.
Chunk it down. Break it up. And then go through it one
bite at a time.
When I finished that meal in the French
resturant, I was sorely tempted to leave a
nouvelle cuisine sized tip! However, I felt pleasantly
energised. I had eaten a starter, main course and
dessert, and yet I didn't feel stuffed. I was satisfied
even though I could have eaten
You're a genius with big ideas. Sometimes those
ideas are stacked up on your plate and just seem too darn
big. You don't know where to start. But now you do. Break
it up. Cut it into chunks. Eat it in small portions
consisting of several small bites. Not only will you feel
fulfilled by every little section of the project that you
consume. You'll also always be hungry for the next
Stay hungry is the philosophy for
overcoming mental hesitation and to quit
Procrastination: John Perry's essay on structured
procrastination explores the idea that we have a
heirarchy of things to do. He points out that
procrastinators do not do nothing, they usually do
marginally important things. We tend to procrastinate on
the things that are highest on that heirarchy of
importance. Here he suggests a way of using this habit of
procrastination in a structured way. It's worth
Procrastination: University of Buffalo's Student Affairs
councelling service says procrastination is the avoidance
of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. Here they
offer sage guidance to students on why they might be
experiencing procrastination and what to do about
Group: everything you (n)ever wondered about how
you procrastinate and where to look for the answers.
Articles and research on task avoidance, dilly-dallying
and all forms of procrastinating.
Procrastination: fast facts strategies on how not to put
things off including planning, discipline, goal
setting and getting help.
Procrastinating: University of Illinois Counseling Center's
advice to students on overcoming hesitation and lack of
motivation to do the work.
Procrastinate?: Queendom offers a 40 question test to discover
if you are a serious procrastinator and offers specific
tips based on your score!
TimeStarvation: great site offering
useful tips on eliminating procrastination and saving
your valuable time.
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