The Most Effective Ways to Tackle Big Projects
Big projects always feel intimidating, don’t they? However, there’s no avoiding them, and as you progress in your career, big projects will get even bigger.
To tackle a big project with the least amount of stress possible, you need a systematic approach. Break down an intimidating project into small, bite-sized manageable bits and you won’t feel so overwhelmed. The following methods are some of the most effective techniques that you should consider incorporating into your project strategy.
Find the source of your procrastination
The next time you find yourself procrastinating at the outset of a project, try to figure out why you feel the need to stall. Talk to a friend who knows you and can honestly give you feedback about your procrastination. Then, discuss your procrastinating with co-workers, your supervisor, or even a therapist. You might find that your surroundings, amount of responsibility, or a lack of support is the reason you associate anxiety with large projects.
As soon as you identify the obstructions, you can develop effective solutions.
Begin at the end
People devote a huge amount of wasted time and energy developing a strategy that gets tossed aside because it’s later determined to be a less-than-effective approach. Use your ultimate goal to guide your project research and a tentative timeline, complete with milestones. Keep an open mind and make adjusting as necessary. This can prevent you from wasting valuable time on dead ends.
Leave yourself end-of-the-day notes
It might seem like a small thing but picking of where you left off at the start of the day can be difficult and a drag on your big-project productivity.
Leaving a note for yourself at the end of each day to identify where you should start when you come back can prevent you from spending the first hour of the next day getting reoriented.
Make use of peer pressure
Often, we will do things for other people that we won’t do for ourselves. This phenomenon is due to a desire to avoid the discomfort of letting down someone else.
Getting others involved in the project, either by delegating small tasks or sharing detail with them, can increase your sense of obligation, which can help you meet deadlines and do good work. It will be harder to face up to those you get involved with your project if you aren’t pulling your own weight or making significant progress toward your ideal end result.
At LTI, we help company leaders tackle big projects by providing them with custom service and talent acquisition solutions. If you’re currently looking to take on a big project and you’re concerned that you don’t have the human resources to complete it, please contact us today.