A Big Project Requires Regular Little Steps

The truth is, you can’t actually do a project.

You can only take the needed steps to complete the project – one step at a time.

Think about some project you’re currently working on.

Or a project you've been postponing.

  • Writing a book?
  • Redoing your website?
  • Creating your online presence?
  • Launching a new product?
  • Starting a new business?
  • Preparing a budget?
  • Hiring a new assistant?

Everyone one of these projects is actually a goal. It is the finish line. It’s the outcome you want.

But you can only get there by taking the single steps, one at a time, to actually get there.

I bring this up because I’ve seen this over and over in my coaching practice – clients often get bogged down attempting longer term projects in one of the following ways:

  • They meander doing the steps, unclear what is really the next step
  • They feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the project, and aren’t able to tackle it with full commitment and excitement
  • They postpone getting started
  • They work on whatever they enjoy doing the most
  • What project?

What’s The Next Step?

That question is the most important question you can ask yourself.

That next step is the actual physical activity that you can do that will move your project toward completion. Sometimes it's the next necessary step

In the case of “Redo My Website” that next step might be “Call Steve to get an estimate of cost and how long it will take.”

While redoing your website is not something you can accomplish today, calling Steve is an action you can take that will move you toward your goal. Completing your new website will require a list of action items, some as simple as “Call Steve.”

Do It When?

It’s not enough to know what your next step is – you have to schedule it, and then honor your schedule.

Each action step in your schedule needs to be honored as if it were an appointment with a client. Too often we treat these kinds of “appointments with ourselves” as something that is flexible.

“I scheduled my call with Steve at 11am, but I’m working on something else. I can call him at 2.”

Don’t do that.

Honor your appointments with yourself.

Take those actions when you say you will and you’ll find that your projects will miraculously get completed with ease.