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  • Writer's pictureJerry James

The Swiss Cheese Method

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

Think Cheese to defeat ProcrastinationThe best way to overcome procrastination is to break down larger projects into smaller tasks or time chunks.


Stop feeling overwhelmed when a big project presents itself. Think CHEESE, Swiss cheese that is. Tackle those large projects with confidence, learn how to overcome frustration and loss of focus with this simple technique. So let’s jump in and get started!

We all have felt that overwhelmed feeling when trying to figure out how to get started on a large project. There are so many things that need to be done, but you just don’t know where to get started. I am sure we all have experienced this from time to time. Think CHEESE the next time that this happens, I am sure it will help you get started!

Alan Lakein the author of “How to get control of your time & your life” thought if a task was overwhelming you and you did not know how to get started, you should poke holes in it like Swiss Cheese.

Think of the holes as small parts of the project that take up small amounts of time. If you keep making more holes, the overall project seems less intimidating and more manageable.

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” —Mark Twain

You will be very surprised how much can be accomplished in small chunks of time. With just 10 minutes, you can gain some confidence and momentum that will help carry you to the end of the project. The goal is to make that first hole.

4 quick and easy steps to learn the Swiss Cheese Method

  1. Identify the task at hand

  2. Create a shortlist of small actions that can help you complete the task. Think of it as a road map to help you get to the finish line.

  3. Prioritize this small list and batch them in bite-sized actions

  4. Don’t delay and start on the first action NOW! Just a quick 10-15 minutes to put things in motion.

As you do these steps you will gain more confidence and feel better about yourself and where you are with the project.

If you have 10-15 minutes, don’t allow the thought process of not having enough time to get anything accomplished to come into play. Instead, ask yourself these questions,

  1. What can I get done in 10-15 minutes?

  2. How can I utilize this time to take a bite out of the cheese?

If you keep small taking bites and making more holes in the cheese, you will be amazed at how far you have come in completing the entire project. Take advantage of the few minutes you can spare, to keep moving forward with the project.

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Remember that the only cure for procrastination is ACTION!

So the next time, you are having an issue getting started with that project that just seems too large, remember to think cheese and try the Swiss Cheese method.



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