It’s easy to get lost in the details and completely ignore the big picture. Details are what help us tackle the problems of everyday life. The thing is, as important as the details are, it’s essential to take a step back sometimes and look at the bigger picture. Taking a holistic look at a given situation provides a clearer sense of direction and can help you realign your goals. Below are a few ways to help you embrace big-picture thinking.
As obvious as this may sound, it’s important to do. If you allow yourself to go through the day accomplishing the next task on your to-do list, you won’t ever have the time to think about the big picture. There will always be something that feels more urgent and pressing to do. Blocking off some time to specifically step back and think about your overall goals and plans can better inform any immediate tasks you have and provide some much-needed clarity in high-stress situations. Here are a few tips on how to set aside that much-needed time.
It can be challenging to sit down and just come up with ideas out of nowhere but having a brainstorming session or conversation with a coworker or teammate can make it easier to work through your ideas. Moreover, considering that 75% of employees find collaboration and teamwork important, sharing your ideas can increase loyalty and provide much-needed perspective. If you don’t have someone you can work with, you can always write down questions you need or want to answer and return to them later.
Just because it’s the big picture doesn’t mean that you have to look at everything all at once. Breaking down your big-picture goals and ideas into specific, more manageable goals and objectives makes it easier to understand, share, and implement. Big questions are worth asking, and big ideas are worth having, but you should frame them so that they don’t feel burdensome or unachievable.
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