Wednesday’s Dose of Sunshine: Using Stars to Get Unstuck

Do you have a few projects lingering on your to-do list?

Maybe it is making those regular sales calls you know you need to make, but just can’t bring yourself to do. Perhaps it’s making that photo album, establishing the habit of menu planning, or growing your savings account.

What’s keeping you from making the progress you need?

Star Chart Your Way to Success

Baby steps are key to knocking off big projects. But it’s easy to get intimidated by how much we have yet to do. Help yourself shift your focus by charting your progress using some bright, shiny star stickers. Follow the steps below to create your own.

Step 1: Break it Up

Take a minute or two to break the bigger task you’ve been avoiding into smaller steps. Think about what you can realistically do in 10, 20 or 30 minute increments.

Step 2: Transfer Those Steps to a Chart

You can be as fancy or as basic as you want in creating your chart. Lay a blank sheet of paper or poster board sideways so that it is oriented in a “landscape” fashion. Write the tasks from left to right across the top. Then hang the piece of paper or poster in a spot where you can see it every day.

Give Yourself a Gold Star

Each time you complete a task, give yourself a gold star. As time goes by, you’ll be able to literally see your progress. It’s amazing how that visual feedback on your progress puts momentum to work for you and keep you going.