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Three Special Steps . . .

This summer, my 4 and 5 year olds became enthralled with a new cartoon called "Special Agent Oso". Basically, it is Panda Bear meets James Bond meets pre-school -- and they absolutely love it.  The general premise is that Special Agent Oso helps kids who are trying to learn to do something new, like dress themselves or wrap a birthday present, by breaking the task down into three special steps.  I've had the theme song stuck in my head since June.  Ugh.
As the beginning of the school year gets closer and closer, I have been spending a lot of time talking to my 5 year old about all the things kids who go to "big school" should do for themselves clean their rooms, empty their lunch box, put dirty clothes in the hamper, etc.  I was starting to get concerned, because we were making any progress.   In a fit of silliness, I made up a little song (borrowing heavily from Special Agent Oso) about the "three special steps" of putting laundry in the hamper.  It worked! Then I made up the three special steps of making the bed.  It worked!  Suddenly, my child is a lot more independent and life in our household runs a little more smoothly.
High on success, I started to consider all the possibilities of "three special steps" for adults.  I wonder how much more productive our businesses would be if we took those projects where we have a tendency to procrastinate and broke them down into "three special steps . . ." 

posted on: 8/9/2009 10:24:44 PM by Shana Prichard
category: Business

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The Organized Entrepreneur

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About Shana:

Shana M. Prichard, MBA owns realign, llc, a professional organizing firm. realign, llc provides small business organizing services including filing system design/implementation, desk and time management and QuickBooks set up and training. realign, llc also provides home-office organizing services to individuals.

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