Do you ever have those projects that, for whatever reason, you just don’t want to do and keep putting off? I seem to have them a lot. So I began examining them to figure out why they always ended up being finished late.
I discovered it wasn’t a particular thing I liked or disliked about the projects. It was the fact that I didn’t have everything I needed to get it done.
If I have a project in front of me and I have all the pieces, I’m usually inclined to dive right in. If it’s something where I can clearly see each step and what must be done, I get it done fast.
If I don’t have all the pieces, I liken it to wrestling a six-armed bear. While I’ve never done this personally, I’m assuming it would be quite the undertaking. Where do you start when wrestling a multi-appendaged bear? I’m not really sure (I’m picturing a contraption with six bear traps mounted on it), but I think that analogy derailed a few sentences ago. I’m going to leave it though, because I like the title. Plus I want to attract people on Google searching for mutant bear sightings.
Where were we? Oh yes, projects. Let’s say I have project A in front of me. It’s missing three elements for me to complete it. Before doing any preliminary work, I sit down and list out everything I’m missing. I then proceed to getting those elements so I can begin work in earnest.
Otherwise I just stare at the project overview and the deadline and hope the two never meet. It works so much better if I have everything at once.