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Small, Daily Tasks

Small, Daily Tasks

“…remember in life that your duties are the sum of the individual acts.  Pay attention to each of these as you do your duty… just methodically complete your task.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake, in little things, and hence proceed to greater.” – Epictetus

Breaking down big work into small, daily tasks, done consistently over time, helps you achieve your goals.  That’s an accepted recipe for success.  It applies to a job in sales as much as it applies to a job in construction.  It doesn’t always work.  Sometimes the job is too big and the tasks won’t get you there.  You need enough runway to take off, but you also need enough thrust from the engines.  But in general this formula of small, daily tasks hits the mark.

Hit your quota?  Do your duty, just methodically complete your task.

Build a high-rise building?  Do your duty, just methodically complete your task.

Write a novel?  Do your duty, just methodically complete your task.

Raise children to be responsible members of society and great people?  Do your duty, just methodically complete your task.

Remodel a bathroom on the cape in your spare time?  Do your duty, just methodically complete your task.

With that reminder, I need to get busy completing my small, daily tasks on this bathroom remodel.

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