I found this on line and it pretty much sums up the way I have approached this monumental task.
HOW TO EAT AN ELEPHANT:With the assistance of my wife and father, we have dispatched with the baby elephant in the front yard, 2 pine trees and related debris. Now its time to take aim at the back yard. I'm told by others I am making progress...
The old saying about ‘eating an elephant’ describes an enormous or very difficult task that is all but impossible. But it can be done – with enough time, patience and more than a little bit of strategy. The next time you are faced with accomplishing an enormous and near impossible project, think about how you would plan to eat that elephant. Here are ten tips – maybe you can add some others:
1. Size up the entire job. Make sure you have a good grasp of the scope of the total project. Just how big and complex is that job? Walk around it. Take a look from many different perspectives. Make sure you have a clear idea of the whole before attacking the parts.
2. Sift through the mess. Sort out and throw away everything that isn’t elephant. There will be plenty of elephant parts for you to digest – don’t take on any more than is absolutely necessary.
3. Imagine eating the last bite. Before you begin, visualize yourself eating that very last bite of elephant. Keep that image in your mind as you get started, and stay focused on getting the job done, no matter what.
4. Design a strategy. How long a time do you have to complete this project? What are the steps you need to take? What’s the best order to eat all the parts? My computer – guru nephew coined a term to describe breaking down huge data files into workable bunches – chunkify. An excellent description – chunkify that elephant!
5. Gather the tools you will need. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment before you start. What do you need to get the job done? Chainsaws? Meat cleavers? Sharp knife and fork? Tums for your tummy?
6. Get some help. Don’t try to do it all yourself – you need a team. Make the job look attractive, whatever it takes – mustard, pickle relish, barbecue sauce – and you’ll have people clamoring for a chance to help you. Hey, that technique worked for Tom Sawyer, didn’t it?
7. Decide what to eat first. Decide which is the worst part (use your imagination here!) and plan to eat that worst part first. Once that’s out of the way, the rest of that elephant may be quite tasty – or at least it will seem so by comparison.
8 Take a bite. Whatever it takes, you must begin. Then take another bite. Then another. Set a pace for yourself, keep going, and don’t allow yourself to quit for any reason. How long does it take to eat an elephant? As the old story goes – a bite at a time and a couple of years, and you’ll be done.
9. Clean up your plate. You can do it. How much of that elephant is left? The excuse that you are “90 percent done” means that you’re trying to hide the other 10 percent of that elephant somewhere. Finish the job.
10. Celebrate your success! Congratulations! You finished the task – all of it. That elephant is now history, and your project is complete. High fives all around for a job well done. Now, what’s for dessert?
Here is the Elephant in question on October 30th:
I've since recovered half of the back yard back for the kids and canine.
I still have some work to do one the other side of the yard though...
|Its hard to see, but that is the fence corner pointing skyward on the right side of the photo.|
|View from Far right of yard looking at the shed, the pile is over 8' in spots|
|At least the trees that hold the hammock are still around for a nice nap when I'm done. However, its no longer a shady spot|