Monday, December 8, 2008
Bites and Steps
"There's only one way to eat an elephant: One bite at a time."
This saying gets on my nerves, literal-minded as I am, because nobody eats elephants! Well, at least, nobody I know does. But behind the absurdity hides an important truism.
Things can seem overwhelming, impossible and far beyond the scope of little old you. So here's what you do: just begin, do a little at a time, only as much as you can do, and the titanic task will almost miraculously begin to shrink into something manageable.
I finished my website portfolio, my thesis prospectus and my reflective essay. I made it through a 12-hour shift at work yesterday. My house is clean, there's food in the fridge, and my car works. It is possible I may actually survive finals week.
I still have to write the 20-page seminar paper, but now I've done a bibliography, an outline, an argument and an opening paragraph. I'm cookin' with fire now! Eight days until it's due; that's about three pages a day plus a day to polish it. Yup, I might survive.
And boy, am I going to enjoy winter break!
I like this much more dignified version of the saying: "