So you've decided what's important to you, you know what you want and you've cut back on all that isn't important.
Now you’ve got the opportunity to get that thing done. Whatever that thing is! Get that book written, create that website, start your podcast, whatever it is that takes longer than an afternoon.
The hugeness of a task is often what trips people up. I myself have been overwhelmed many times by THIS BIG THING I’M GOING TO DO until I stop, take a moment and break it down into smaller parts. Smaller projects.
So how do we go about that? Let’s jump into Project Planning 101.
First, start with the end in mind. What is the outcome we are going for? And what is your deadline for FULL completion? This deadline is often flexible, especially if you have set it yourself. But deadlines help us make the unreal tangible and assists with follow-through.
Establish a Podcast channel. Excellent. Produce one podcast a month and first one will launch at the end of this month.
Next, brainstorm. Of course, you won’t capture everything that will need to be done over the course of the project at this time since you don’t know what you don’t know. But you will empty your head significantly at this point and the very act of capturing one task will inevitably lead to something else popping up. Grab a pen and paper, or hit the keyboard, just let everything out that you can think of relating to getting this project done.
Promote, establish social media channels, write scripts, research how to make and produce a podcast, think of a name, think of topics, edit, research, write scripts, publish, ask Betty and David to be interviewees.
Great! Now the third step, arrange those items in a chronological project timeline order. And break them down further.
Research how to make and produce a podcast
Think of a name
Claim social media channels
Think of topics
Ask interviewees to participate, book in times
The fourth step is to estimate how long each segment will take and assign to others (if you have other people involved).
The podcast will be published monthly. The end of the month is your deadline. Step back through the process. You estimate that it takes a week of research and writing, a week for recording, a week for editing and that leaves a week for promoting before publishing at the end of the month.
The fifth step is to now work those items into your calendar. What this does is make these tethered to date specifics. These dates are a great incentive to keep going. This also helps with blocking time out in the calendar to do the work.
The final step in project planning is to schedule another thing into your calendar. Review time. Reviewing and Tracking how your project is or isn’t coming along affects the rest of the deadlines. And this isn’t about falling behind or failing. It’s about adjusting for those times when life happens, or when you’ve found a better way to do something, or a course has come your way that changes everything so you need to make time for that but in the long run you’re better off.
So in summary:
1. What’s a project that you have in mind? Determine the outcome.
2. Brainstorm everything related to getting that project done.
3. Organise those tasks into chronological order.
4. Estimate how long each segment will take and assign parts to others (if others are involved).
5. Get the specific steps anchored to a date in your calendar.
6. Review every month as to how things are progressing and tweak where needed.
So there you have it. Apply these six steps to any project and you will find your feet. The project won’t appear as daunting as previously imagined and you’ll eventually make inroads on it.
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