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Breaking it down: an exercise to help you overcome overwhelm

As Desmond Tutu once suggested, no matter how difficult or overwhelming a problem, project or goal might seem, you can always find a way through by approaching it one small step at a time. By breaking it down, even the seemingly impossible can become achievable.

We all know that the best way to tackle a daunting task is to break it down in to manageable steps, but this can be hard if you don’t know how or where to start. This simple, little planning exercise will help you to develop a plan to achieve your goal, even if you don’t know where to start:

11. Transfer your line of post-it notes to a large piece of paper and draw a box next to each task, ready to tick off once you’ve completed it.

Now you have your plan – ready to start when you are. Remember to focus on one bite-size chunk at a time, treating each one as a goal in its own right.