How to Organize a Project – Part 2

Continuing from last Friday’s post on how to organize a project … Do you have a special project you’d like to organize – yet can’t seem to “find” the time? Does it feel like there just isn’t enough time with work, volunteer and social commitments, daily activities, and so forth? Since we all have the same amount of time, how is it that some people have time to organize their special projects and others don’t? 

Organizing is an activity that is ideally proactive rather than reactive.  However it often becomes reactive by default – or desperation. Either way it needs to be seen as an investment in time. 

You make a dream into a project by being proactive. Get clear on exactly what the “elephant” is – and then wrap your arms around it. Break it down to it’s parts and then carry them out, one by one. You need to make taking time to organize your project into a priority by causing everything else to flow around it. 

Projects expand or contract, in part, because of the time there is to carry them out. Not much time? You’ll jam through that project if needed. More time? There’s time to dawdle around. This is often why people put off doing their assignments until the last minute, because they work best with a bit of fire under them. 

Some of what causes people not to organize their projects is they become busy with non-productive or unnecessary activities. Look to eliminate or at least minimize non-productive ventures. And don’t let yourself be “guilted” into accepting things. 

The other things that cause folks not to organize their projects are the activities they engage in for fun and leisure. Careful with the time you spend on Facebook. Decide how much time you’ll spend on that or other pastimes of a similar nature. 

If you didn’t read last week’s post – read it now. It has seven steps to help you organize your project.

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