Hey everybody, this is Steve. Now it’s getting towards the end of January and in the UK that means one thing in particular: that means lots of people panicking about getting their self-assessment tax returns done in time! These people have a rough time of it every single year. They rush it in at the last minute, they panic, and they say, “Never again! Next year I’m gonna get this done earlier!” But do you know what? Very often is just not the case. In this video I want to share with you a really simple technique that I use and will help you get things like your tax returns done, but do you know what, it’s not just about tax returns, this is actually about ANYTHING that we keep putting off, maybe work that needs to have got done, maybe housework, DIY, this applies to ANYTHING that we put off. It’s just that tax returns happen to be a timely and topical example! Now the reason we put these things off is probably because we don’t enjoy them, and maybe we even find them a bit intimidating. Is that your experience of things? Let me know in the comments. Also let me know in the comments if you see other examples of this kind of thing happening in your world. Anyway I learned during my university years how transformative it is to do the intimidating things rather than avoid them. You see, up until my second year at university I was a “do it at the last minute” kind of guy, “do it just in time”, but the problem is I got ill and I fell way behind with my studies, and I mean WAY behind! And it was a real struggle to catch up from that point, it was really stressful, and once I got through that second year I decided I was NEVER gonna have that experience again, so in my third year at university I turned everything around. I read ahead of the lectures rather than behind the lectures, and if there was an assignment to be done, I would do it at the earliest opportunity not the last opportunity. I very often went straight from lecture theater to library to do that. Now the funny thing is I remember that third year as being the least stressful of all my three years at university. In fact, the least stressful of all my studying years, and it’s not because I was clever. I’m not extraordinarily clever. I was struggling before that point. It was because I got organized so GET ORGANIZED! But how? Here’s how! With an example! And the example is that I once had a coaching client who was complaining to me that it was the end of January, they were panicking about their tax return and they were making excuses. Things like, the paperwork isn’t in order yet, I’m busy, I have a lot to do, but I sensed that the real cause of their inertia because that’s what we’re talking about here, INERTIA, the difficulty of getting moving with things, is because he was making the task out to be a big rock. Now the thing about big rocks is that they’re hard to move, they’re hard to accommodate, they’re hard to fit into your schedule, they’re just hard! But big rocks can be broken down into lots of smaller rocks. In other words every big project can be reduced to a sequence of small, simple, unintimidating tasks. So, I asked, “What is the simplest, smallest thing you can do towards getting this done?” And by the way, the specific way that I asked that question is important. He said, “Well, I could fill the first page of my tax return in,” and I said, “No! Even simpler and smaller than that!” He said, “Well I could fill the first box in,” and I said, “No, even simpler and smaller than that! What is the TINIEST thing you can do towards this?” And he said, “Well I could just get the form and put it on my desk.” And I said, “Okay just do that one thing and then if you feel like doing the next simplest, smallest thing then do that. And then if you feel like doing the next simplest, smallest thing after that then do that! And know that you can put this down at any time. You can stop the sequence of tasks at any time and go and do something else, put it down, come back to it later.” He took that advice and he called me a day later. IT WAS DONE! Now I know it’s not new to break big tasks down into small tasks, that’s old information, but we forget to do it and that’s why I’m reminding you of it now. The thing is, turning big tasks into a sequence of little unintimidating tasks is it makes it easy to get started. Knowing that you can put it down at any time also makes it less intimidating. And once you get started it becomes easier and easier and easier to keep doing the next simple small task in the sequence. And before you know it, it’s done. So if you really want to get things done then turn them into a sequence of simple, small, unintimidating tasks and do the first one. Now, if you liked this video please give it a like, it helps other people see it. Please subscribe to the channel if you like this kind of content. My speciality is success with wellness for professional people, and also let me know in the comments what your biggest takeaways were from this. I’d love to hear from you and I’ll reply to as many comments as possible. Other than that thank you see you next week.