Do you have a project that you cannot seem to get any momentum going with it? Is it a project that, no matter how much effort you put in, you cannot get it moving forward?
You’re not alone. We all occasionally get stuck on the projects we are trying to finish. Projects can take various forms. It may include:
- Writing a new book.
- Starting a new business.
- Creating a plan to leave a job.
- Creating an online course.
- Developing a new product.
- Designing a new website.
- Rebranding a business.
We often come up with all kinds of reasons why a project may be stuck. It could be not having the right resources, not having the time, lacking motivation, or not knowing what to do next.
The truth is there is always something that can be done to revive a project.
There are many things we can do to kickstart a project. Over the years, as I have gained more project management and project completion experience, I’ve found a few things that always work for me.
These ideas are in no particular order of importance but when combined together, they really do help to give a project the boost it needs so that it can be completed much faster.
- Decide what you need to let go of. Most times, we get stuck with a project because of our beliefs or fears. It could be beliefs around not being good enough to get a project done or we may have a fear of failure or a fear of being judged if the project is not as good as it could be. These internal blocks often hinder our progress.
Whenever I feel stuck, I ask myself, “What beliefs, fears or blocks do I need to let go in order to be in the right frame of mind to start working on this project again?” Sometimes I am able to do this myself and other times, I will ask someone who has the skills and training in dealing with such situations to help me through this process.
- Create a physical representation of the end result you want. Whenever I start writing a new book, one of the first things I do is to get a mock 3D book cover designed so that I have a visual representation of the book. Seeing the end result we want sends a powerful message to our brain so that it can start coming up with ideas or solutions to get the project done.
- Start visualising the outcome you want. Visualisation is a powerful technique to accelerate success. As our brain cannot differentiate between what is real and what is vividly imagined, it creates structural tension. What this does is it creates a void between our current reality and our desired state. The brain has no option but to find ways to resolve that tension by coming up with ways to make both realities a match. This is one of the key ingredients to success and getting things done.
- Decide the very next step you can take. Some projects may be so big that it can seem overwhelming and cause us to feel stressed or stuck. With projects that have a long duration, we can easily lose track of what has to be done now. Having a project plan will help because it will break down the project into tasks that must be completed.
I will often ask myself, “What is the one thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will be easier or even unnecessary?” This question helps me prioritise my actions and focus on what’s most important.
- When in doubt, do some research or ask for help. Our challenges are not unique. There is a very good chance someone has had similar challenges with a similar project and overcame those challenges. It is our job to either do some research online, or we can reach out to people and ask for guidance or advice. The key thing to remember is we don’t have to struggle through our projects on our own. Help is always available is we’re willing to ask for it.
Getting projects done will always involve work, sometimes a lot of work depending on the size of the project. We all get the same amount of time each week — 168 hours.
It doesn’t serve us if we’re using our precious time being overwhelmed and not moving forward. All it takes is the commitment to take apply some of these ideas to kickstart our projects. They will make a difference.
Question: What is another thing that can be done to kickstart a stuck project?
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