How to get your projects done without pulling your hair out
Author: Yvette Syversen
If you are like most entrepreneurs, you have an endless supply of ideas swirling like a vortex in your head. It’s as if you can’t turn that part of you off. You know the part; it’s continually running like a hamster in a wheel churning out new things to do.
Well, first, lemme tell you, we ladies are wired to constantly be thinking about something. It’s a true scientific-like fact that we have as many as 70,000 thoughts per day! No wonder we are constantly coming up with new ideas.
So you’re not short on ideas, right?
Rather, you have hundreds of great ideas and big goals. Unfortunately, once you nail down which idea you are going to focus on, your next roadblock is the “bigness” of your idea. As a result you end up in overwhelm and you can't figure out HOW to do it because you don’t even know where to start. This causes you to get impatient, you get in your own way, stuck in the details and sadly your ideas never get off the ground.
Or sometimes you do manage to get an idea launched but are struggling to finish what you’ve started.
I get it, most entrepreneurs are visionary types, and it’s very painful for us to sit down and think through all the little details.
The truth is that projects to grow your business involve a lot of work
But here is the twist: the size and type of your projects is irrelevant. No, really. It may seem counter-intuitive but it goes like the old “how do you eat an elephant?” question. One bite at a time! Right?
The key to keeping your sanity and finishing your project is to simply flush out all the deets allowing you to then break it down into smaller more manageable bites. That is the key if you want to bring home the bling that can only come from a completed project.
See, your big goals are like little projects and are achieved through a series of small steps.
When you think of your big’uns as a series of small projects, all of a sudden your project seems much more doable. You are far less likely to feel overwhelmed about getting your big projects completed.
Without breaking down your project and flushing out all the details of what needs to get done, your ideas to move your business forward like getting rid of the last 10 pounds are just going to be pie in the sky thoughts (and I’m not talking mom’s apple pie here, I’m talking Hostess apple pie with those questionable lumps that are supposedly apples.) So there in a nutshell is why you get stuck, want to give up and don’t reach your desired goals.
The cool part about converting your goals into a specific, measurable roadmap (those little projects I talked about earlier) and taking daily focused, committed action is that: you will maintain your interest level, continually move in the right direction and reach your ultimate objective.
Taking small daily steps to get your projects done will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside
and you’ll enjoy a sense of accomplishment every day as you regularly tick things off your ever-shrinking todo list.
Then one day all of a sudden your dream becomes real and concrete, just not tasty like mom's apple pie. There's only so much you can do… well, unless your project is to replicate Mom's apple pie. If you nail that one feel free to invite me over for some. Just drop me a line here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OK, so where were we? Oh,yeah, so what do I mean by flushing out the deets of your project and then breaking it down into more manageable pieces?
Coincidentally, the next paragraph just so happens to be about that…
Here's the thing, when you look at a big project such as “getting more traffic to your site” all at once you’re like “whoa, that’s incredibly big, vague and overwhelming” so it causes that stress response, right?
But, say you started with writing one guest blog for a colleague’s blog to get more traffic to your site. That is totally manageable right? Just keep taking little steps like that to break down the tasks even further.
But, before you can break down your project completely you need to flush out all the details.
Here is a quick and easy way for you to do that:
I called this formula – “The Back To The Future Method”
Have you ever seen the movie Back to the Future?
The gist of that movie is that Michael J Fox found himself stuck in the past and he had to figure out what he had to do, the exact steps he had to take to return to the future.
But, he had to do it in such a way that it had to be exact otherwise the future (his future) would totally change and he wouldn't be a part of it anymore. Well this is exactly what you need to do to make your goals a reality. Well, not exactly, getting trapped in the past is totally optiional here.
To dissect your project you will start with your desired outcome (the future) and move your way backward from that point (to the past).
You are simply going to go through every detailed step you will need to take to get from where you are to where you want to go in a somewhat backwards fashion.
Starting at the back of things and working your way to the front has huge benefits in that it allows you to get very detailed and complete descriptions of all the pieces you need to complete your project in an organized way.
It also pushes you to think outside the box and get uber creative. It's pretty neat, fun, challenging, and amazingly simple.
Using this formula will allow you to take a huge project such as “getting more traffic to your website” or “writing a book” or “losing ten pounds” and flush out all the details.
Now you will be able to see all the tasks needed to get your project done and be able to break it down into smaller bite-sized tasks.
The beauty of tackling your project in this fashion is that you will also be able to see that not all the tasks involved to get your project done will have to be done by you. Thus, giving you a great opportunity to outsource some of the tasks so you are not doing it all. Making your projects more manageable and easier to complete without you losing what is left of your tenuous grip on sanity.
Consistently apply this formula to get your projects done
and watch how you will continue building your empire quickly, efficiently and without all that icky, wrinkle-inducing stress!
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Yvette Syversen is the owner of EZBusinessGrowth.com –– an educational community for women who want to get their sh$t together online! As a business leverage expert, and former tech consultant for Fortune-500 companies. She’s taught hundreds of women simple frameworks to expand their business from a 6-figure tether that keeps them tied to their desk to an empire that affords them a million dollar lifestyle. Her mission: Empower every woman to take control of her financial destiny by working smart and sexy, not hard and messy!