Before you start your project, there are three more tips we need to go over so you’ll be sure to succeed:
Identify when you’re going to work on your project: Ask yourself, “When, during the course of each day
or week, am I going to work on my part of my project? What is the best block of time to reserve so I can spend quality time working on my project? Can I start it first thing in the morning so I can get it out of the way and so it isn’t left on my list at the end of the day?” The best time to work on your project is when you typically get the fewest interruptions.
By doing this, you’ll increase the chance of success. First, you’ll be putting your project into your schedule at a specific time, so that you don’t put it off to the end of the day; second, you’ll be making a commitment; and third, you’ll be using clear thought to pick the correct time to work on it.
Make your weekly/monthly results measurable: When you set up your project, identify how much you need to accomplish daily and in many cases weekly to achieve your deadline on time. Each Friday afternoon you can measure whether you are on schedule or need to make adjustments the next week.
I see more people give up because they didn’t get to where they wanted to be by the end of the first week. Remember, though, that when you first set up the project, you were making assumptions based on limited information.
Cure: Stay flexible and anticipate that you’re going to have to make adjustments at the end of each week so you won’t get so discouraged. That’s why you have to build extra time into your plan.
Create rewards for each step of the project: Success should be rewarded. So, you should set a reward for succeeding in each step of a project, proportionate to the importance of the step. The reward doesn’t have to cost money. Your reward should at least improve the quality of your personal life. Your reward should be something you could look forward to. Don’t make it something you’d give yourself anyway.
“A plan without action is a daydream; action without a plan is a nightmare.”