Big picture or little picture? Big goals or little goals? Big ideas or little ideas? Big steps or little steps?
While we all need to have a sense of the big, sometimes the greatest roadblocks aren’t the big ones, it’s the little stuff along the way. We rarely trip over boulders. Pebbles are a much bigger risk. Persistence pulls us through when we fall. One tactic for remaining persistent is to set smaller goals. Just as GTD focuses on the very next task for any project, focusing on your next step is the only one you need to worry about. Don’t let the big picture overwhelm you. What’s the next step? Even when boulders get in the way. You’ve only got to back up to get around them.