My high school daughter faces mountains of work this year.
She has massive PAT portfolio assignments – over and above her term work — and her first term deadline is close!
A huge blue PAT file with all the work sits menacingly on the table – our mountain!
So much to do … so little time …
Completely overwhelmed, she withdrew.
As I prayed one morning, the Lord inspired me to make mole hills out of the mountains!
Literally — make the work load smaller and more manageable.
Here’s how we reduced the huge file & massive mountain of work into daily “mole hills”:
- Print out a calendar for the month.
- Counted how many days were left until her portfolio must be posted off, with enough time to reach the office before the deadline = 25 days
- Took off all 3 Sunday’s = 22
- Counted her subjects = 7
- Assigned 3 days per subject = 21 days ( This means that there will be 1 day’s grace)
- Took subject by subject and divided each subject’s assignments over the 3 days. (Some assignments will take longer, others will be quicker)
- Create a small file for the current subject. We put just one subject in this small file.
- Divide the assignments into the 3 day divisions.
Now she simply tackles the day’s work. It is manageable, doable, easier.
Some days we have even included other work and “are ahead”.
This is an excellent feeling!
I am grateful for a simple strategy.
I remember the humorous and ridiculous question, “How does someone eat a whole elephant?”
The answer was, “One bite at a time!”
How have you tackled large and insurmountable problems? Feel free to share your strategies in the comments.