One of the reasons anyone procrastinates is overwhelming. Feeling like a big job is too, or too much to tackle can make even the most dedicated person avoid the work. I work with many people who struggle daily, and my first recommendation is to break down big jobs into small tasks making the action easier.

Some people are invigorated by a challenge, and others are petrified. The secret that makes it possible to conquer any job is looking three feet before you, not out onto the horizon. 

Here are some excellent pro-tips for breaking down BIG jobs into small tasks:

  • Work one day at a time 
  • Keep the main thing the main thing
  • Reverse engineer the outcome

What’s on today’s agenda? 

Big jobs take weeks, months, and sometimes years to complete, but you can only work one day at a time. Ask yourself, “What’s on today’s agenda?” Focus on what you can and need to do on any given day. Looking too far ahead can weigh you down with the enormity of the tasks that must be done. Map out what you can do realistically for the day before you and focus on completing one day’s wortday’swork at a time. 

What’s the main thing happening at the moment? 

Many significant projects have many aspects that all matter in the grand scheme of things. Keep the main thing the main thing along the way. Sure, you may have to do something definite along the way, focus on the main event before moving on to the next big thing. 

Start at the end and work backwards. 

They are necessary and worthy. Deciding to build a product or start a new service is part of doing business. Tackle the project by working backward. If the goal is a product, work backward in a step-by-step manner to list out the actions that must happen to get to the destination. Then tackle them in reverse order. This creates small tasks that ultimately end up accumulating with the goal complete. 

Breaking big jobs down into small tasks is a simple way to reduce overwhelm and stop procrastination. As a business owner, you can achieve some of your biggest goals by using these pro-tips that make tackling big projects easier. Tell me your big project in the comments, and let us figure out how to break it into small tasks. Email me at for a private chat.