Two Top Strategies for Getting Your Projects Done

Whether for work or recreation, many of us have been trying to tackle some big projects while the world has been in lockdown. This can take the form of home improvement projects for those who just moved into a new place, or who have been putting off some long-planned renovations.

The extra time folks have on their hands also means that many are trying out at-home fermentation, making their own beer, kombucha, pickles, kimchi, sourdough, and much more. It’s a perfect time to try out new activities and finish up all of the projects that we’ve been putting off. Some ambitious, entrepreneurial people are even starting businesses during quarantine, joining the 30 million other small business owners in the U.S.

But as it turns out, seeing projects through to the end is not always easy. Today, we’ll be talking about some broadly applicable strategies you can use when trying to stick with a project and see it through to the end.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

While you may not have thought much about the old Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hair since you were a child, the wisdom in the story’s moral remains true. In general, more gradual and persistent work on a project will yield much better results than less frequent but more intense bursts. While this may not always be the case — some art, for example, is better made in fits of passion rather than in a slower and more methodical way — in general, this is the best modus operandi.

We can see the power of slow and steady progress for long term projects in something like orthodontics, for example. Since about 20% of the populace lacks an ideal bite, many people need the help of a professional. With our teeth, there is no quick fix — move them too fast, and you can cause some serious damage to the teeth and gums. Most orthodontic treatments take around two years, since the constant application of slight pressure over a long period of time is most effective.

Break the Long Term Project Into Pieces

Any long term project can feel impossible when viewed in its entirety. It’s easy to find ourselves wondering, “How will I ever get all of this done?” But by taking the time to deconstruct the project into a series of smaller steps, things will start to feel much more achievable.

Sit down with the intention of breaking things down in an intuitive and logical way, then set a fixed but flexible schedule to get everything done.

By using these strategies in your approach, you’ll be able to tackle any large project you set your mind to.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.