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I sit at my desk trying to work out where to begin. There is just too much to do.

I come home and I sit staring at the computer screen wondering where to begin … write my conference paper? write a blog posting? read and respond to my emails? …

I look at the pile of books beside my bed and in my study. I want to read them all but when will I get the time. These book piles are growing at a phenomenal rate. I keep wondering how to keep up with all the reading I have to do let alone the reading I want to do. Should I even be trying?

Kathy Sierra comments on this issue:

The myth of 'keeping up'

So you let the stack of “things to read” pile up, then eventually when the pile gets too high you end up tossing half of it–or worse, moving it to a deeper “stuff to read someday stack. We have selective amnesia about what we’ll ever get to, but mainly because most of us keep feeling like we have to keep up! Keep up with what?

You can’t keep up. There is no way. And trying to keep up will probably just make you dumber. You can never be current on everything you think you should be.

Mark Bernstein tackles the question of “Why keep up?”

You do what you can, and it’s never enough, and that’s the way it should be. Being too comfortable in not knowing what you don’t know is the defining trait of pointy-haired managers, politicians, princes and priests.

I think, today, that a broad, generous, and liberal understanding is a very difficult thing for which to reach, but that difficulty doesn’t mean we should be comfortable in the embrace of not knowing. “Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run.”

I look at my To Do list which never seems to reduce in length. If anything it just gets longer. No sooner have I crossed one item off before I find myself adding new items.

Then today my attention was drawn to an interesting solution to all these dilemmas.

It would appear that I am trying to eat the elephant all at once. What I really need to focus on is organising and completing each bite.

Today I was led to SARK’s solution to this dilemma – microMOVEmentsmicro … MOVE… ments! Even saying this out loud makes you feel like you have achieved something.

MicroMOVEments are tiny, tiny little steps you can take towards completions of your life.

I’m a recovering procrastinator and perfectionist and I have a short attention span, so I invented microMOVEments as a method of completing projects in time spans of 5 minutes or less. I always feel like I can handle almost anything for 5 minutes!

All of my 11 published books, posters, cards, and company exist due to many thousands and thousands of microMOV Ements all strung together. I think of the microMOVEments as tiny coloured beads that have helped me be someone who lives in her dreams instead of only talking about them.

Procrastinators are also great at beginnings and not as skilled at completions. I have learned about the satisfaction of completion. It is like a circle instead of a line. Most of us have such great dreams and intentions!

We deserve to complete our creative dreams and make room for more!

This may not be the answer for everyone. It obviously works for SARK. I do, however, like being reminded to take small steps, and to learn to acknolwedge that each of these steps, no matter how small, will ultimately lead me to my bigger goal. In some ways it is a refocusing exercise and anything that helps me to do this can’t be all bad.

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