Project Management

More Specifics Regarding Project Management

  • Most people get behind in dealing with projects primarily because of improper scheduling or failing to see the massive amount of multiple steps that are really entailed in completing a project.
  • I have seen far too many clients treat a project as something they need "to do,"when in reality it needs to be seen as a "series of to do's."
  • The easiest way to schedule a project is to maintain an ongoing list of all the necessary steps and components needed to complete it in entirety. As new steps jog your memory just add them immediately to the list to be scheduled at a later time.
  • The next stage would be to schedule each "to do" on a regular weekly/monthlybasis, say maybe 2 hours a day, 2-3 times per week.
  • To calculate the amount of time you can dedicate or need to dedicate to the project,work backwards from the final due date for the entire piece.
  • Designate regular slots of time to complete all components you have listed as "todo's" for its' entirety.
  • The amount of time designated to work on the"to do's regularly is obviously contingent on the amount of time remaining to work on the project.
  • Scheduling as many components early on, is the surest way to meet all timelines and avoid the stress of too much to do in too little time.
  • Create a timeline for each segment of the project and schedule weekly "to do's" at least a week prior to timeline due dates to avoid a crisis if good ol' Murphy's Law decides to intervene.
  • Remember, you cannot expect to sit down and schedule an entire project for one sitting. You will find out too late that there were too many pieces and potentially be handing incomplete assignments or work that is far below your truest capabilities.
  • Avoid procrastination as early as possible. Tell a friend what you have in the fires...someone who will care enough to know about your progress.
  • There are only so many times you will be willing to tell a friend"I haven't started yet" before you hear your own words and decide to move on getting in motion towards completion.
  • Last and not least, be mindful of what you are saying "yes" to. Oftentimes people procrastinate on projects because they really didn't want to do them in the first place.

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