Projects are like wheelbarrows – really. A project is heavy and hard to get rolling. Just like a wheelbarrow. You want to get the project completed, but first you need momentum.
And momentum only comes from continual progress.
Projects are also like wheelbarrows because if you put them down it’s hard to get started again (you want to keep moving).
In this short 4 minute video I explain how I handle projects.
Tricks for getting your projects rolling:
- Chunk it down. Mind map, work with the team to prioritize, make a list, whatever you need to do so you have mini accomplishments. Most projects are too complicated and dependent on too many other people. You need to break your project into chunks so you can see progress, and fit the project in between other work. (see also “Do the hardest 50 in the first 90“)
- Give yourself clear directions. Vague, general directions tend to remain as just that: directions, without any progress. When making my Flight Plan for the week I avoid language like: research, look into, plan, or work on. Instead I record specific directions for myself, like “Call Jim”, “Make draft agenda”, or “Compare three similar events for prices”.
- Have a reward. Everything we do is for a reward (or to avoid some pain). Your projects will be more successful if there are rewards along the way to acknowledge progress. It could be dinner with the team, milestones on a wall chart, or money donated to a charity. Be creative and remember you need rewards for yourself as well. (See also “How to finally stop procrastinating on exercise“)
Are you keeping your boulders rolling?