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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain


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The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

Divide and conquer style.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu. Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)

http://amattn.com/2011/10/19/amattn_and_the_recursive_productivity_recipe.html

  1. Write down the goals you want to be done

  2. Break down each item into sub-items. Write those down.

  3. Either complete an item and cross it off the list, or repeat step 2 with the remaining sub-items.

There are few things as satisfying as crossing an item off a list. :)

Dopamine is the secret to this technique!

Dopamine is key to most successful apps. :)

And people don't understand that the first step is both the easiest and the most difficult. Everyone is waiting for the perfect answer, support or circumstance. But you have to just go for it. The desire to do it is the only reason you need.

Suzannah, you're so right!

You just have to go for it.

I started a Begin! stash to place such encouragement.

Bite the elephant, as they like to say in Denmark.

Is "bite the elephant" a euphemism for "begin"?

Somewhat. The explanation I got was that it's a metaphor for the situation of being confronted with a massive problem. The question is what are you going to do when you're supposed to eat an elephant? You bite the elephant. It might have something to do with Danish humor, and it might not (and that statement itself has an element of Danish humor).

Now that you mention it, eating an elephant seems like a lot of work. :)

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