Bite-Sized Chunks of Commitment

Commitment is a word that many of us are afraid of. It sounds constricting, binding and just awful. Yet commitment is what makes champions so great. So how can you make commitment a little more palatable in your life? By taking it in bite-sized chunks!

It’s called segment intending. When you segment intend you literally set your intention to achieve something within a certain segment of your day. It’s best to do this with a buddy – the buddy system can really keep you motivated. Here’s how it works.

You get up in the morning and look at your to-do list. You pick the top 3 things you need to do that day, and then you call your buddy and say, “For my first segment I’m going to do these three things. I’ll call you when I’m done.” You’re buddy says, “Great! I’m working on this project for the next hour. I’ll call you when the hour is up.” Both of you get to work. Whoever finishes first calls the other person back to report. Notice that your segments can be divided into tasks or time, whichever is most convenient.

When someone else knows what you’ve committed to you’re more likely to stick to those commitments – that’s why we suggest you use the buddy system. Plus, when your break your huge to-do list into smaller, more manageable segments you’ll feel less overwhelmed. They say that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. If you break your day into bite-sized segments and work with a buddy you’ll be amazed at how much you get done!

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