Have you ever felt overwhelmed when looking at the scope of your big goals? Everyone has. That’s why I created a concept that I call micro-moments, which are my way of breaking down those intimidating tasks into small components designed to be distinct micro-goals or experiences that can be completed in a small amount of time. By approaching your goals this way, you are able to chip away at what needs to be done, be present at the moment, and create a compound effect leading to lowered stress, a feeling of accomplishment, and more success! Let’s dive into how this works.
What are Micro-Moments?
Micro-moments are what I define as small chunks of time dedicated to experiences and individual aspects of the larger goal or task. It’s important to note that micro-moments should still have an impact on the larger goal; for instance, if you are trying to invent a new product, then your micro-moment could involve simply sitting and observing someone experiencing the problem you are trying to solve with your invention. Chunking your task into smaller components will help reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed because each moment is achievable in just a few minutes. You just have to think of all the individual components that go into achieving your goals.
The Compound Effect
When working towards any major goal or project there is often an abundance of tasks associated with it. This can feel like an insurmountable mountain and lead to procrastination and eventually dropping the project completely. When you break down these tasks into micro-moments it changes the game entirely; by compartmentalizing these bigger goals into smaller components you can chip away at what needs to be done while also creating a sense of accomplishment along the way. This creates traction in your project and increases motivation as you move closer and closer to completion. I love the aspect of compounding moments especially when you connect what seems like disconnected tasks that combined help you to achieve success. One thing I do that often helps is spend time away from the problem by exercising, meditating, or spending time in nature. This, as a micro-moment, almost always leads to better insights into the problem and almost always a path to the solution. I often combine this time away from the problem by following it with some of the most mentally challenging aspects of my overall goal. In my experience, this resets and supercharges my brain and often leads to better mental performance.
How You Can Utilize Micro-Moments
It doesn’t matter if you’re an entrepreneur, inventor, innovator, leader, or student – everyone has projects they need to work on and manage simultaneously; this is why it’s essential for all walks of life to understand how micro-moments can improve productivity and reduce stress levels. To start utilizing this strategy simply look at whatever task or goal that you need to complete or achieve, then break it down into smaller components that can each be completed in 5 minutes or less (you may even find yourself completing some steps within seconds!). And suddenly the intimidating task before you is much more manageable – plus, with every step completed comes greater motivation! The secret is to jump in and take action on the simplest task in front of you. Pick one of the tasks, then the second, and soon you will experience the compounding effect.
Breaking large goals into smaller components, also known as goal deconstruction, is a process of dividing a larger goal into smaller, manageable, and actionable steps. This can be applied to any aspect of your life or business. Here’s a five-step overview to help you break down things you want to achieve into smaller components:
- Define the goal: Clearly state what you want to achieve and make sure it is specific, measurable, and attainable.
- Identify the smaller steps: Divide the large goal into smaller, manageable tasks that can be accomplished in a shorter period of time. I try to not exceed 20 minutes for each of the micro-moments. If the tasks are bigger than 20 minutes, they are too big. Break them apart further.
- Prioritize the steps: Determine which tasks are the most important and need to be completed first.
- Create a timeline: Allocate a timeline for each of the smaller tasks and ensure that you are giving yourself enough time to complete each step.
- Take action: Start taking action on the smaller tasks, and as you complete them, mark them off and move on to the next. For me, I combine those health and wellness moments after I achieve each task. Celebrate your progress along the way and make adjustments if necessary.
Whether you’re managing multiple projects or trying to achieve a large goal, micro-moments can make all the difference when it comes time for completion. By compartmentalizing your project or goal into smaller components for short bursts of concentration throughout the day, not only do you reduce stress but also increase productivity while creating a compounding effect leading toward success! So go ahead – give micro-moments a try today in your life and entrepreneurial ventures – and get ready for success!