How to Bite Off Only as Much as You Can Chew

The-way-to-grow-its-true-is-to-bite-off-more-than-you-can-chew“Biting off more than you can chew” is such a cliche and yet one that is so true.  I have lost count of the number of times I have bitten off more than I could possibly chew or rather, taken on more than I could possibly handle at any one time.  It is not that I am a devil for punishment but rather there is so much I want to do, think and feel I have only so much time in which to do all these things.

All is not lost. That fount of knowledge and good advice Dallas Travers’ discusses in her Blog the approach the Artist, Sark uses in getting things done.  Over to Dallas:-

So, you’ve figured out your goals. You’ve got your to-do list down. Your ducks are in a row. But you feel overwhelmed. Or you don’t know where to start. And you freeze.

Sound familiar?

Well, let me suggest a genius tool I’ve discovered courtesy of Sark, author and creator of the well-known How to be an Artist poster.

Sark talks candidly in her book, The Bodacious Book of Succulence, about how she got all 11 of her books written and her wwiip247company started using a get-it-done formula she calls “micromovements”.

It’s a brilliant way to break your big goals down into tiny little steps that are much easier to accomplish. Let me walk you through it…

1. Break it down – way down

Sark suggests breaking the bigger actions down into small, bite size actions that last only 5 seconds to 5 minutes to do. It can’t take longer than that to qualify as a micromovement. If it’s too long, break it down further so the steps don’t exceed the 5 minute limit.

For example, if your goal is to write a web series, the initial micromovement might be to watch some other web series. But first you need to decide which one you will watch and exactly when.

So the initial micromovement would be to google ‘web series’.

Done. That’s it. Step away from the computer.

The next action might be to make a list of 5 series you admire. So you need to watch one series at a time for NO MORE than 5 minutes.

Get the picture?

2. Do something you already know how to do

A micromovement needs to be something you’ve done before and are familiar with. Otherwise, you might fall victim to resistance ranging from self-doubt, procrastination, or overwhelm.

Pick something you have knowledge or experience of. If you’ve never googled (yikes!) then that cannot be on your micromovement list of actions to make a web series.

Then, you may need to have a friend send you a link to their favorite series. So, your first micromovement would be to email your friend and ask them to send you the link.

Check! Moving on.

3. Hyper-schedule each micromovement

The secret to ensuring you actually take each micromovement is scheduling. Mark each micromovement on your b05f73a3b296ec3c528b93c27c945832_xlargecalendar on a specific date and time.

Now, don’t beat yourself up if you miss an appointment or fall off track. Instead, “gently reschedule it”, as Sark says. Micromovements are meant to be helpful and guide you through the process of accomplishing big things. So don’t sweat it if you miss the appointment. Just write down a new date and time and try to stick to it.

4. Practice Imperfection

This system takes practice and you must be willing to fail at it. However, according to Sark, making micromovements will help you learn the power of completion.

Each step takes only 5 seconds to 5 minutes to complete. That means you’ll spend most of your time actually getting stuff done. What a great way to grow your confidence and accomplish even more in the long run.

As Sark says herself, “All of my 11 published books, posters, cards, and company exist due to many thousands and thousands of micromovements all strung together. I think of the micromovements as tiny colored beads that have helped me be someone who lives in her dreams instead of only talking about them.”

Now, it’s time for you to accomplish all of your career goals. The first step is just one micromovement. From there, you’ll continue to rock your to-do list like never before.

Don’t forget to check out all things Sark at

Courtesy of Dallas Travers (


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