When I started planning my wedding, I had no wedding planner, a mom who knew nothing about planning weddings, and no time. I had just started a new job shortly before I got engaged to add fuel to the fire.
Then we decided to sell my town home so I could have money to pay for the wedding. So now I was planning a wedding, learning my new position, selling a home, and looking for a new one.
If you’ve ever done any of these, you know they all take time and massive action. Oh, and we were for sale by owner. We were taking lots and lots of action.
How did I do it all almost by myself without having a nervous breakdown or failing everyone involved? I learned to chunk my to-do list, and I became a master of my schedule.
I didn’t just say I had no time or I was overwhelmed or it wasn’t fair. I mean all of this was great stuff happening.
It was easier to stay in the positive frame of mind, for sure. But that didn’t make the work go away.
Chunking was my plan. For everything. Selling my home by mid October when I got engaged Labor Day? I spent every weekend for four weeks in a row going through each room in my house, clearing out the mess, cleaning, and staging.
Once it was sold (first day on the market for full asking price), I spent the next three and half weeks (he was paying cash), packing systematically doing the same process. Each room had boxes, Sharpies, packing tape & paper, and all boxed and ready for when the movers came.
Some of you might think well it’s easy when it’s selling a house and planning a wedding, but I want you to think about that.
How many brides become Bridezillas because they are stressed and overwhelmed? How many people never move because they don’t want to go through the process no matter how much they could make? It’s just “too much trouble”.
These tasks can seem overwhelming if you think they are overwhelming. When you think it’s all doable, your brain comes up with a way to do it all. It’s the way your brain works.
Chunking is a fabulous strategy to use when going all in. It makes it seem doable. Because it is doable. You chunk it and then you do the small chunks.
And if all of that doesn’t convince you to try chunking, think about the saying. You know the one. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
I actually don’t understand how this became a thing since no one I know eats elephant, thank the Lawd. But I do know it’s a thing. So think about it. One bite at a time. 🙂