All I had to do was find a box, put in the contents, write a letter, tape up the box, find and write the address on the box, go to the post office and send it.
I did everything except go to the post office and send it.
So of course, that's what I focused on. The thing I didn't do.
In reality, my project was a series of micro-movements:
- Find a box
- Put in the contents
- Write a letter
- Tape up the box
- Find the address
- Write the address on the box
- Go to the post office
- Send it
Was progress made?Yes. Progress was made. I accomplished steps 1 to 6. Maybe that's enough for today.
What if we all just gave ourselves permission to make a few micro-movements on our projects? And what if we saw THAT as the accomplishment in the day. We'd let ourselves breathe a little. Live a little. Enjoy life a little.
Yes, it's very important to get tasks done. But if they don't get done, it's good to ask ourselves if progress was made. Progress counts for something, too. Micro-movements are how we chip away at our projects to ensure we're getting somewhere. And if we aren't progressing at all, well that's good fodder for our next trip to the therapists office.
Micro-movements are what make every project doable and infinitely more enjoyable because we stop being a slave to our projects and start being the master of them.