Breaking big projects into small steps

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

– Henry Ford

 

Yesterday I visited a pair of Whistling Kites that I first noticed building a nest about a month ago. I thought they would have finished by now, but no, they were still building.

I see them building in the early morning. They collect a stick, sometimes with leaves attached, and take it to their nest. They put it in the nest then get another one. They focus on the job and do it quickly and efficiently.

After a while, they stop building. They fly in low, slow circles over the paddock on the other side of the road. Sometimes they stay over the paddock and sometimes they drift farther away. Sometimes they soar higher and higher until I can hardly see them. They mostly stay together, but not always.

I like the way they work for a while then relax for a while. Each time I visit, the nest is bigger. So each day they are one step closer to getting their nest-building project finished.

Watching them, I realised that breaking big projects into small steps makes them do-able.

Birds of prey

Australian daytime birds of prey

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