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Small Things Over Time Have Big Impact

Here are two gems for the next decade from Matt Perman via his blog:  What’s Best Next.

  • Create one new, recurring routine in an area of high impact.

The time you allocate need not be extensive. The real impact in this comes from consistency over time, rather than quantity in the moment. Reading for half an hour each night, consistently, over the course of a year would yield significant returns. So would spending two hours every Saturday morning writing on important issues in your field, or in any area of interest. Or taking each of your kids out for one-on-one time once a month.

As it has been often said, “small things, done consistently over time, make a big impact.”

  • Identify one routine you can stop doing, or reduce, in order to make room for this more important routine.

Here’s how he concludes . . .

But my fuller point here is that what you actually scheduled will have more impact than what you simply intend. This works on both fronts. First, it means that if you simply create a recurring appointment to do something of great importance, you will find great results over time. And second, it means that you need to make sure that the routines you create really advance your most important priorities, rather than simply things that are good but not best.

Therefore, be intentional in leveraging the fact that small things, done consistently over time, have a large impact. Create a new routine in an area of high impact for the new decade and, if necessary, reduce or eliminate something else to make room for it.

I recommend you read the whole article here.

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