Overwhelmed? Break BIG Goals Into Manageable Chunks

Become a Goal Achiever

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” – Henry Ford

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Does it seem like there are constant obstacles in your path? Do you imagine some maniacal being is sabotaging you by thwarting your progress?

An Expert Author recently expressed this same frustration, stating it’s easy to make goals, visualize yourself meeting them, but actually doing it during the daily grind is another story.

I’m going to share with you what I shared with her: Whether your goal is to write a 50,000 word novel for NaNoWriMo or publish 30 articles by the end of the month, you can set actionable steps to feasibly achieve your goals by chunking.

What Is Chunking?

Chunking is the process of dividing something into smaller chunks. You can chunk down to create actionable steps and chunk up to prioritize your efforts.

Think of it like you’re looking at a forest:

  • Chunk Down: See the forest (goal) for the trees (details). Consider the elements and details that make the goal whole.
  • Chunk Up: See the forest (goal) as a whole. Avoid getting so wrapped up in the details that you lose sight of the big picture.

How Do You Do It?

Chunking down is best done with a map as a guide. Here’s how to make your map:

  • Once you’ve established your goal, write it down.
  • Chunk down by writing all of the steps and elements you need to take to get there.
  • Draw arrows indicating the order of events between the steps.

For example, let’s say I want to publish 30 articles by the end of the month. Here’s what my map (in part) may look like:

Once you have a map detailing the chain of events needed to achieve your goal, move forward by planning a timetable.

When Do You Do It?

Once you’ve established a road map, chunk your time by creating a timetable. Of course, be realistic with the timetable, but be okay with a challenge. Push the limit!

For example, I know I take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to draft an article of 700-1,000 words. This estimate may be less with zero distractions, but I’m never 100% distraction free so I’m giving myself a little wiggle room. I usually will take an additional 30 minutes to revise, edit, proofread, and perform final edits. To submit and publish, I will allot at least 5 minutes to ensure all of the information in the Write & Edit submission form of my account is correct. I’ll also take 10 minutes to prepare a few social media posts to be ready to promote the article once it’s live. From start to finish, I clock 2 hours and 15 minutes for one article.

To write 30 articles (to meet my goal), I will need to allot 67 hours and 30 minutes for the duration of one month. Since I have various non-writing duties and priorities (as well as a few holidays this month), I need to chunk out my writing schedule to accommodate my writing goal accordingly.

First, I’ve estimated the duration of my daily writing sessions to determine how much time each day I will be dedicating to writing:

  • 1 article = 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • 2 articles = 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • 3 articles = 6 hours and 45 minutes

Next, I’ll create a timetable to stay on the ball. I’ll also share this with my team, family, and friends to secure their support.

Based on this timetable, I’ll have written 30 articles by day 25 with planned catch-up days (in case my writing sessions are interrupted and I go over the time I allot myself) as well as breaks to refresh and celebrate holidays with my family.

The next step: Do it!

It’s never too late to get on track with your goals. When you break goals into doable chunks, it’s much easier and more motivating to achieve them. Set a goal, apply the chunking method, embrace it by taking action, and don’t take your eyes off the goal!

What method do you use to achieve your goals? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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12 Comments »


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This is a lot easier said than done. Especially because article writing is only one of the approaches I use to market my services.

Comment provided November 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

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davidinnotts writes:

Then apply it for a lesser time, and use the plan – in fact, incorporate your other strategies in your plan, and let them feed from each other to sabe you time and improve efficiency. The key point stands: you need to organize, and when the combined task seems to be too big, chunking makes it managable. I’ve heard it called ‘DIVIDE AND RULE’!

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A nice blog post motivating self to ensure faster and unique creative writing. thnanks for sharing such a wonderful post:)

Comment provided November 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

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Randall Magwood writes:

“1 article = 2 hours and 15 minutes”

…Wow, really? How long of an article is this? I’m done with 5, 500+ word articles in this amount of time.

But EzineArticles is very successful, so I guess you guys know what you’re talking about. Good post.

Comment provided November 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM

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Gracious Store writes:

This is a good article. Breaking a big goal into smaller chunks and getting each fulfilled one after another is the best way to reach the goal as opposed to tackling it head-on directly

Comment provided November 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

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A nice reminder of the basics of achieving a goal.
Chunking is adopted by big industries through’ breaking the whole process into actionable Divisions of labor as Different Departments.

Comment provided November 7, 2013 at 12:38 AM

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Salihu S Dikko writes:

These chain of events to achieve goal and the eventually planning of time table are just good and in order, however, every person have such in place or in head. some unplanned events naturally crop up from no where and gets the whole planned robbed, forcing one to remain still. But, some people hardly go back on their words. These set of people easily achieve lots within a short while. Thanks, for sharing.

Comment provided November 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

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I make a to do list.
Thanks for the chunk method.

Comment provided November 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

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Mike Andrews writes:

To walk a thousand miles one has to take the first step, then the next until it’s done. Good advice about doing things bit by bit.

Comment provided November 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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José writes:

Good article all very well detailed in all respects you for your contribution.

Comment provided November 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM

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Matthew Morris writes:

Don’t spend more time planning and diagramming what needs to be done than is required to actually do it.

Comment provided November 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

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Wendy R writes:

Thank you for this motivational article. It is actually helpful to read about the time frame as, on hindsight, it does take me about the same time to write, edit post etc.
I will however, need to practice the ‘chunking’ method. Thanks again for the tips.

Comment provided January 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

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