As Mark Twain once famously said, “the secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”
People want to do something, and are finding reasons or ways to not do it. People are frequently scared of the effort required when starting their own projects, particularly if they tend to procrastinate.
Here are 5 tips for starting that project you’ve been thinking about lately:
1. Understand your Project in Detail
If you get everything in writing at the beginning of the project, you have an excellent foundation to build upon. Change is inevitable, but you have to maintain control and point out when the project begins to resemble something completely different from what was originally outlined.
2. Be Realistic when Setting Expectations
You can finish a task successfully on time and within budget, as long as expectations are reasonable. You most likely cannot work miracles if expectations are not reasonable, and would only setting yourself up for project failure. Don’t begin your project with failure nearly predestined.
3. Define your Plan and Goals
First consider what you want to achieve, and then commit to it. Set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals that motivate you and write them down to make them feel tangible. Then plan the steps you must take to realise your goal, and cross off each one as you work through them.
4. Execute. (aka Starting)
Execution is the result of thousands of decisions made every day by you acting according to the information you have and you own self-interest. Put a date goal to it! That way you ensure you will start. Clarify decisions, design information flows, align motivators, and make changes to the structure of your plan if you need to. Decide the best approach for executing your plan in order to finally start.
5. Evaluate after Completion
Once a project has been completed, it’s important to do a report. You can pinpoint what went right and what went wrong, determine what could or should have been done differently, and establish the best practices for use in future undertakings.
Today, I am starting my website & blog project. This is my first publication.