Chunkify is one of my favorite made-up words. In short, it’s a fun word meaning to break things into smaller parts that are easier to handle. I first learned of the idea of “chunking” when it came to numbers. For example, think of the way a phone number is presented in separated parts because our brains find it easier to remember them in 3 and 4 number chunks rather than one long sequence. You’ll see the same is done with other numbers we should remember such as a Social Security Number, Credit Card Number, etc.
It’s just how our brain works and when we adapt to how our brain can operate more efficiently, we typically find better success in what we are trying to accomplish, even if it is more than just memorizing a number sequence.
Let’s apply this to other areas of life. Where do you find better success when you break down a bigger task into smaller parts? Well, the obvious answer here is both your business and health goals. It’s great for us to have a long term vision of where we eventually want to be and achieve. We need those goals in front of us at all times to remind us of why we are making an everyday effort to keep working in that direction. But if our bigger goals are set right, they are not something we are going to achieve in one day, week or even in the coming months. We need to set smaller goals that we can accomplish so we can celebrate our progress along the way. That’s just how we work best.
Let’s say you have a goal to lose a specific amount of weight or to get into a certain size or clothes. For some that may be a smaller goal already, but for many, it may be something that is going to happen over a longer time. Set that goal and put it on your mirror so you see it every day as a great reminder. But then, set your goals from here and now. Decide what you are going to do this week in your work and what goals you need to accomplish to get one step in the right direction. Figure out what’s reasonable or even stretches you a little for the first month, the second and beyond to get to your final goal. Now put that right next to your long term goal and work toward the closer goal first. It all works together, but we need those shorter targets to stay focused and feel a sense of success that keeps us motivated.
You can do the same in your business and other areas of life. Decide how many products you would like to sell and people you need to join your organization and help succeed in order to reach your financial goals. Know that it will take time and effort to get there, then chunkify that larger goal into those shorter targets you can achieve with additional commitment and effort. You know you can do those smaller chunks, and when you do you will eventually reach that greater goal.
Even if you miss some of your shorter target goals, you can review and adjust as you go. That’s the beauty of working in chunks. Knowing where you are at and judging your progress allows you to reset expectations if needed, or step up your efforts to get back on track if possible. It’s all up to you.
There is no better time than now to evaluate your long term goals and figure out what it’s going to take to get there. Ask yourself if you truly want what those goals represent and if you are willing to do what it takes to achieve them. Then break down those goals and set up your own plan and chunks to get there!
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