Weekly Tweaks: Break Down Big Projects

Monday – post tweaks, write, read book; Tuesday – write before work, draft pitch; Wednesday – write, update website, post; Thursday – write; Friday – write before work; Saturday – post. Thursday and Friday were days with social plans after work, no reason to schedule those days heavily. Success rate 80%

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Don’t set up the impossible
I scheduled draft pitch for Tuesday night. Ha! I ended up doing it Sunday afternoon, and it took five hours. I did not have the energy or time to do that on a weeknight after work.

I could have broken the task into pieces (duh) and completed one each day. This is possibly the only way to get big projects done over time. If you put “renovate living room” on your To Do list, it will never happen. But “choose five paint color options” is manageable.

This requires taking time to break down the task, which is itself a To Do item. So these are the options: schedule a project for a day when you have time+energy, or break the project down into small tasks that you can do over time.

This week: Monday – write, prepare for meeting, personal catch up, brainstorm name; Tuesday – write, make school list, plan trip; Wednesday – write, post, research insurance; Thursday – write, community list; Friday – write, ; Saturday – post.

Daily Practices: 

  1. If I go on Facebook or Twitter, set the timer for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, get off.
  2. Write every day.
  3. Check calendar every morning (I rarely remember to do this, so I’m adding it to my alarm clock).

Thanks for reading!

 

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About Eva

I make your online business project better. I write about careers, being, productivity, and money.
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