Feeling Stuck About a Project? Well, This Will Surely Help…

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Project tips to keep you moving…

When you’ve got a project on your horizon and you’re feeling stuck, what do you do?

It can feel overwhelming, and the more time passes, the larger the project looms. So, the first bit of advice I’ll give you is simple:

Remember that a project isn’t a monolith.
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Indeed, any project has many pieces to it. This is true no matter how large or small it is.

Second, it’s important to remember that starting a project and following it through to completion involves time management skills that translate into lots of other situations, So take heart, and let’s get started.

First and foremost…

Here’s where you start, as you break your task or project into smaller and smaller chunks. No matter what task you’re facing, there are two key components to consider.

  • Getting yourself ready and
  • Preparing your environment.

If you neglect either one of these components in your preparation, it’s going to hold you up when the time comes to get started on your project.

Project Preparation Tips

So now, as you think about your project and your preparation begins to take shape, what helps you keep moving? Well, here are some tips to help you stay away from getting stuck, and keep you moving toward completion.

Begin with a strong mental focus. Think of this as a mental rehearsal. It is used effectively by countless professionals, from athletes to authors to public speakers. By mentally rehearsing, you walk through the steps of your project. It’s a very powerful tool, especially as you envision your success at each milestone and with your finished product.

Visualize not only what you’ll be doing, but also how you’ll be feeling. This helps you maintain your motivation and your morale throughout the process.

Learn to brainstorm on the fly. When thinking about your project, don’t restrict yourself to only the time you have set aside for that process. Instead, work at keeping an open mind so that ideas will pop into your head at random times during your day. This builds a habit of becoming consciously aware of thoughts and ideas that will benefit your project as you proceed through your daily activities.

Record those ideas. If you’re a paper-and-pencil person like me, you can carry a “brain pad.” That’s a small notebook for jotting ideas. Equally good is your phone. Whatever you use, the idea is to capture anything that’s relevant to your project with minimal disruption to what you’re doing at the moment.

Read on, there are more tips coming…

Prepare your project environment so you can work when you’re ready to go. Wherever you plan to work on your project, from formal office to kitchen table to coffee shop, make sure that you will have everything you need close by to get your work done. When it comes to portability, your laptop offers excellent flexibility. You can set it up so that you have access to your work in progress and your resource material so that you can work wherever and whenever you have the time, even if it is only 30 minutes.

Stay flexible and up to date. Begin with an organized workspace. To maintain this, when you stop your project work session, always reorganize. That way, you are ready to re-enter a well-ordered space when you begin again.

And here are  2 more tips for you…

Building on the ideas I’ve shared above, consider these additional ideas:

  • Handwritten notes should either be scanned into your computer or entered into a word processing file that travels with you.
  • When you move from one workspace to another, make sure that what you bring is relevant to your current project activity.

So what project is on your horizon today? Do you feel ready to start planning?

This really helps when you’re stuck…

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