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  • projects help?

    I have so many projects - I get stuck often
    Do you have any good strategies for organising & getting projects up and running
    thanks

  • #2
    Some things that may help:

    1. Break up projects into smaller projects. I try to make mine SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely) or as close to that as possible. Just checking off smaller projects gets the momentum going.
    2. Weekly review, during which you can identify their importance
    3. Use the GTD Natural Planning Model.
    4. Write out the actions that are needed to finish a project.
    5. Make sure the Next Action is simple and doable. It'll at least get you going.
    6. Schedule appointments to focus on a project for a particular time-limit.
    7. Reward yourself as you achieve them.

    These are tools I use. There are some real project management programs out there for more complex projects, such as for engineering. So I cannot answer to that. I would love to see what other members post here, because I would love more ideas on this too.

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    • #3
      Read about tree pruning.

      Originally posted by alpha View Post
      I have so many projects - I get stuck often
      Read Mike Williams' My tree (and projects list) needs some pruning blog post.

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      • #4
        I sounds like what you are experiencing is the cost of context switching. In general it is just better to not switch projects too often.

        See if you can reduce your number of projects.

        Sort projects by Area of Focus and check if you are overcommiting in one specific area.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cpu_Modern View Post
          Sort projects by Area of Focus and check if you are overcommiting in one specific area.
          One of my recent "Ah moments" is related to this checking with my Areas of Focus and then looking through my Project's list. I was able to move several to Someday/Maybe and open up some bandwidth for things that were more important to do.

          Weekly review is also highly recommended.

          I also like to see my Project List in MindManager so I can reduce it in size and focus on a specific project when I'm working on it without seeing potentially other distracting items.

          Steve

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cpu_Modern View Post
            See if you can reduce your number of projects.
            Yes. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

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