an article from The 86th Floor
I am a huge Doc Savage fan. Doc ran the business of his personal and professional life off of the 86th floor of an undisclosed New York skyscraper. The posts from here are about the business of life. Both personal and Professional.
The word Blitzkrieg is German for lightening war. This was a military strategy employed by the Nazi’s. The idea is to break through the enemy’s line of defense through a series of short, fast, powerful attacks. Heavy armor divisions preceded by saturation bombing speared-headed enemy lines. Followed by ground troops to mop up the remaining resistance.
When I first learned the term I was watching a film in school about world war II. From then on anytime I had something I needed to get done that seemed overwhelming I thought…
Do you ever have tasks that seem overwhelming?
By using short controlled concise attacks on those overwhelming chores you can be more effective without suffering the physical and/or mental strains that longer efforts demand.
Mom said clean my room…Blitzkrieg!
The boss said get it done now…Blitzkrieg!
Wifey’s to do list was getting longer by the minute…Blitzkrieg!
The idea is really simple but effective. Take a few minutes and don’t think about how daunting the task is… rather think of how to chop it up into smaller time increments.
If you are not certain of how to prioritize then think in terms of difficulty. Put the worst first. Then mentally as you go the things will seem to be getting easier. If you prefer… put the thing that you hate doing the most first. By eliminating your biggest obstacles you will find that the rest fall under your onslaught quick.
Life requires you to be a tactician. learning to tackle formidable obstacles should be a life skill everyone learns. While the idea of Blitzkrieging may seem childish the reality is you learn to break down tasks into their base elements in order to achieve your goal…free time.
As a smoker for over 32 years I learned to work this way in order to run out for a smoke. I would assess the work I needed to accomplish then when I achieved it I rewarded myself with a smoke break.
It was my own version of the carrot and stick.
However negative smoking was it worked. The more I did and the faster I did it…the sooner I could smoke.
I have effectively used this system over a few hours as well as days. I find this method far more effective than trying to marathon to get things done. Even things as simple as detailing the car does not have to be an all day event but can be done over time.
Depending on the state of your life or home will determine how long your battle is. Maybe you just need to organize that home office or clean that garage. Maybe it’s just getting those taxes filed. What ever the task… Blitzkrieg!
What I like to do is use longer pieces of classical music both to motivate as well as time my efforts. For example Ride of the Valkyries is a classical that runs just over ten minutes. The music sounds like war and is long enough to be an effective sound track for my efforts.
However I find that AC/DC’s soundtrack to Iron man 2 is equally effective. The point is try to make it fun. By breaking it down into workable elements we are not spending the best parts of ourselves on mundane tasks. We will have the energy for that free time when it comes.
One of the other bad habits I realized I have is in the area of completion. I tend not to finish what I start. Even when I eat I never clean a plate. I always leave something. The final stage of the Blitzkrieg is the ground troops. Once the aerial assault and heavy armor attacks have breached the defenses the ground troops are sent in to mop up.
I find that I tend to leave something unfinished that comes back to haunt me later. learning to leave no man standing and decimating the enemy is something new for me. As you near completion make sure you completely finish off your task. Leave nothing that can rise up against you later.
Elements of the Blitzkrieg
- Aerial Assault- assess what needs to be done. Break these into smaller tasks. list priorities from worst (or most hated) to easiest.
- Armored Divisions– By starting with the worst first your efforts become easier once you break through. This is the heaviest part of you efforts.
- Ground Troops– the mop up is also important. Be sure to finish off everything. Remember it’s not over until it’s over. Leave nothing standing that can come back to haunt you later.
- Sound Track – put music to it if you can. It will help motivate you as well as help you time your efforts. I believe that all of life should have a sound track.
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