Do you have a dream project? Have you been putting it off forever because you “never have time to work on it.” (There’s my story again!) Well I have a solution. It’s called chunking and it’s a very simple concept. Check it out.
No Time for My Project
I have a few projects that will each take some time. For a while I just kept postponing working on them until I “had some time.” Finally one day I woke up from my delusional thinking that I would ever suddenly “have the time” to work on these projects. And I decided to Chunk my project, that is space it out over time.
Before I would take care of my usual daily tasks first thinking, again, “I’ll work on my project if I have time later.” And I never did. So now I set aside a certain amount of time to work on my project and now it is getting done!
Project Planning Tool to Make Your Dream a Reality
Chunking Your Project
- Create a plan for your project.
- Write out the major things you want to accomplish.
- Write down all the things you need to do to to reach each step. Having the steps written down makes it easier to take action when you go to work on your project.
- Schedule in time to work on your project.
- Each day take a chunk of tasks from your master project plan and write them down.
- Work on those tasks until time is up.
- Make notes for yourself for next time you work on the project.
- Where you left off.
- What you need to do next.
Keep It Simple
Keep things simple. I purposely didn’t suggest any planning software or online planning programs because sometimes choosing those becomes a project in itself. Stick to pen and paper and see how productive you will be.Work in compartments.
Don’t worry about the overall project. If you focus on a small part each day you will complete your project! Think about ants and how the dig an ant hole and tunnels, one grain at a time. It may not seem like a lot, but over time they move a mountain and create their world.
If the ants can get it done so can you!
Wishing you enjoyment as you plan, execute and celebrate the completion of your project!
This post is dedicated to my sister who really knows how to get things done. She is no nonsense, practical, productive, and always calm. She plans well and paces herself. And at the end of the day she is content. Thanks for always being an inspiration and teacher to me, Annie! Check out her creative blog: Doodles and Jots! A great post there is Brainstorming for Bloggers.
What project are you working on or which one would you like start or revive? Share your project journey in the comments and then come back to let us know when you’ve completed it!
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