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How to eat an elephant?

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This is a phrase I use a lot in our office. This month was just crazy with life coming at me and it was almost overwhelming. I know ALL OF US have had moments where the day, week, or month gets crazy and you feel that sense of being overwhelmed. Here is what I do when I start getting that panic feeling in my gut because there is too much on my plate….

Step away-if it is just to walk around the building, and remind yourself how you eat an elephant. You eat an elephant one bite at a time. That’s the secret. Then go back in, and do the next thing. When it is done, do the next. And so on.  What is happening is your mind is looking at all of these things at once and you are feeling overwhelmed. So stop, take a step back, forget the entire pile, and do the next thing. At least once every week there is a point in the day where the call volume, to-do’s, and tasks get overwhelming and I have to practice this technique. I will walk around the building, or go to the bathroom, take a deep breath, and ask myself how I eat an elephant. I answer one bite at a time, go back in, and just do the next thing without worrying about it all. And amazingly, almost EVERY time, I get it all done. Don’t get overwhelmed, step back, and just focus on the next thing.

Have a blessed week and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



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Karen Schimpf 

(512) 358-1511



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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Great post!   By coincidence, did you see my post this am , quotes and sayings?   Have a great week.  

May 20, 2024 09:55 AM
Karen Schimpf

Thank you, I will look for it. 

May 28, 2024 12:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Karen- I'm with you...one bite at a time. I used to give my sellers the same advice when they were preparing to sell their home and needed to pack, clean, etc. 

May 20, 2024 07:06 PM
Karen Schimpf

Thank you.

May 28, 2024 12:06 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes indeed - many things can be less overwhelming if just taken one step at a time.

May 21, 2024 04:50 AM
Karen Schimpf


May 28, 2024 12:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

May 25, 2024 06:51 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have heard that before and it is so true.  The best way to attack any big project is one step at a time!

May 26, 2024 05:48 AM
Karen Schimpf

I agree. 

May 28, 2024 12:07 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Karen,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her Sunday series as I missed it. I have always believed its best to take one bite at a time. Trying to multitask you end up never completing anything. There is satisfaction when you have completed a task which encourages you to tackle another one!

May 26, 2024 08:09 AM
Karen Schimpf

Thank you. 

May 28, 2024 12:07 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

One can't move an entire house but all of it can be done one box at a time.

May 26, 2024 07:07 PM
Karen Schimpf

Very true. 

May 28, 2024 12:07 PM
Melanie Bocock
M Bee Creative - Naples, FL
Marketing creative in Naples, FL

I have to remind myself of this every day when I wake up wanting to do "all the things" LOL.  Baby steps.  Thanks Kathy Streib for featuring this post.

May 27, 2024 06:07 AM
Karen Schimpf


May 28, 2024 12:07 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Many people know where they want to be , but have trouble clarifying all the steps along the way to Achievement !….

May 27, 2024 05:29 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Karen:

While we have all heard this before it's an excellent reminder about how to not let things overwhelm you and how to manage it. Thank you!


May 27, 2024 07:33 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I know what you mean, Karen. Sometimes it is good to step away, take a break, take a deep breath and then did back in and move forward.

May 29, 2024 07:48 AM