S2 Episode 4:
Take Mini Steps Toward Your
September 1, 2020
Jessie Gebauer &
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As Changemakers, we often have these values that we believe in but we don’t know how to put them into action. In this episode, we shared our Macro Micro Mini Guide. This is a tool that helps you have a Value-Driven Life by naming your values, determining the micro-actions you need to take to live out your values, and breaking those actions down into mini-steps.
Our bonus strategy is all about being more efficient professionally. We dig into setting deadlines for EACH of your professional tasks.
Macro Values + Micro Action + Mini Steps
Have you ever done something - whether that’s planning out your workday or your day off - and when you finished the day you wondered: “Wait a second. I did all this. But I don’t even know why I did it! Is this even important to me? Does what I’m doing even align with who I am and what I value?”
That’s where our strategy comes in. It is all about figuring out how to do the minute, small things every day that feel great, leave us feeling good and not drained, and most importantly, align with our values.
Example Of This In Practice
Here’s a visual you can use to sketch this out for yourself.
Macro Value: Kindness
Micro Action: I want to affirm all of my students every day.
*Panic Point: I WANT to affirm all 110+ of my students every day, but I don’t know how I’ll be able to do that. This is where most, (including both Joel and I) also panic and often abandon our macro values and micro-actions. This is where the mini-steps come into play.
Mini Steps: I will affirm 5 of my students every day.
These mini-steps are extremely simple, actionable, and also align with your values. As you gain momentum with your mini-steps you can turn these into habits. And with all habits, you can continue to build on them toward your larger goals or micro-actions.
How To Be Efficient
Set Deadlines For Tasks
We only have so much time in the day and mental energy to do whatever work we have to do. Try setting deadlines for your professional tasks to guard your time and energy.
This is science-backed. According to Parkinson’s law, the amount of time you spend on a certain task depends on how much time you make available to complete that task. If you don’t give yourself a deadline to finish a task, then you’ll take as long as you like on it. But if you enforce a time limit on a task, the pressure you feel trying to beat the clock will compel you to finish the task before your deadline ends, forcing you to work faster.
And timing your tasks can also put you in a mental state of flow. Flow is when you’re so immersed in an activity that you can only focus on that activity, unaware of everything else going on like your thoughts, emotions, and time. In other words, you’re in the zone. Flow occurs when you set clear goals that are challenging, yet attainable. Accomplishing them requires full focus and complete control of your skills.
So, setting a time limit on a task is an effective way to trigger flow. Finishing a task before time runs out is a manageable goal, and it produces just enough pressure and stress to thrust you into full focus, enabling you to use your skills to their highest potential.
Two more strategies to keeping blooming and bringing the best you. Remember to take slow, sustainable action. You’re inevitably going to mess up or feel lost, but that’s all part of the journey. Enjoy the ride!
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