Chances are you’ve heard it said in your credit union or your boardroom at some point in the last few months.

It sounds something like this: Yes, we need to do that, but how can we find the time when everyone is already working at full capacity?

The answer is usually a collective sigh of discontent, or perhaps a statement of the old saw: You have to eat an elephant one bite at a time.

Here’s a tip that makes that concept real and will help you put it into action…I call it Turning 10 into 40.

It works like this.

If you reallocate 10 minutes of your time to work on the big project each day and you work 250 days per year (5 days per week for 50 weeks with two weeks of vacation), then you will work on the big project for 2500 minutes during the year.

Divide that 2500 minutes by the 60 minutes in an hour and you have over 40 hours that you have now devoted to the big project, and most big projects would see significant progress with a full week of effort thrown at them in a year.

But wait, you don’t want to wait that long because you need the results sooner? Then engage more people and have all of them set aside 10 minutes to work on the project. If four people do this, then you will make the same 40 hours of progress in just 3 months; if 12 people do it,then you’ll see the same impact in a single month.

Or, you could also strive to be a bit of an overachiever and find 30 minutes each day to work on the project…putting a full three weeks of energy on the task during the year!

You get the idea…Turning 10 into 40 can create a HUGE impact and allow you to finally make headway on that big project that keeps hanging around because it looks too big to tackle.

ACTION ADVICE: Book a 10-minute appointment with yourself every work day for the next 4 weeks and use that time to work on a project you’ve been putting off because it seemed to big to tackle, or maybe just a small project that you need to fine time to address. At the end of this experiment you will have made over 3 hours of progress on your project, you will have developed a habit of finding an extra 10 minutes of productivity in your day, and you will learn the power of Turning 10 into 40.