What is a project? I call a project anything that takes more than one step. A project needs some thought and planning to help it run smoothly for you. I find that the reason my to do list keeps growing is because many things on there are more than one step. So I take one action and then there is always a follow up action. This ongoing list seems endless and I don’t feel like I really get anything done by just using a to do list. What has helped me is to take all the multiple step items off that list and set them up as a project. A project gets it’s own page in my notebook where I can list out all the actions needed to finish it. Here I feel real progress when I check one off and move to the next item. When I get stuck on a project, I ask myself this question: What is the next action?
Take any project that is too big or overwhelming and break it down into steps.
Start with imagining the finish of the project. What will the final outcome look like for you? How will you feel to complete this project? How important is this to you? All these questions help you decide what projects are the most important for you to focus on today. List every step you will need to before you even start out on one action. Do all the thinking up front before you start taking actions. When I get in a hurry, I take any action which keeps me busy. Do I want to keep busy or make the best use of my time? Try this method to keep your next project moving forward instead of side ways. Decide what five actions you could take to start on the big project and do those. Pick a time period between 20-40 minutes and just commit to spending that amount of time on the project every week or every day.