. . . thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said. ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’ (18-19).
Take that daunting project that seems so gargantuan that it might feel almost impossible, look it square in the face, take a deep breath, and then divide it into manageable component tasks (the operative word here is “manageable,” remember). Set yourself a deadline for each one and stick to it. That’s it. Bird by bird.
One milestone achievement at a time.