Motivation and tips

How to Eat an Elephant

Posted on by Chrissie Lewandowski

How do you eat an elephant (if one were ever to be on the menu that is)?  The answer – in very small pieces. A piece of advice given on our forum by a lovely lady in Liverpool and it’s one that adapts to so many situations, from working your way through major life events through to making daily life more manageable. 

Any task where you simply don’t know where or how to start is like a big elephant in your path and it’s difficult to find a way around it, over it or under it. You know you have to tackle it sometime and it’s daunting, the motivation can be severly lacking.

The throes of separation overwhelming?

Household tasks mounting rapidly?

Work taking over?

Many issues can appear huge and insurmountable when you face them head on (something not recommended with that elephant). Where on earth do you start? Break down the task into small and manageable chunks and list these. Aim to cross off one a day (more if you get into the swing of it all). The satisfaction you gain from seeing the crosses increase as you complete the tasks is empowering, and the elephant slowly disappears before your eyes.  


We do not recommend taking this literally and trying to dine on a real elephant. You simply couldn’t fit one in your freezer.

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