Disclaimer: This is advice to myself and you. It can be used to achieve a goal, task, project…It does’t matter if you are working your way through a bucket list or trying to start a new business.
Lately I have been thinking that it’s pretty easy to get caught up in the brainstorming phase with a new project / goal or just building out an existing one. So easy in fact that months can go by without actually getting much closer to completing anything.
You may have came up with enough reasonable ideas and projects to last you a few years, but if you never get to the execution phase then it doesn’t matter. Some projects are to make money. Some are just because you want to see them exist even if you lose a little money. Some are there because you spotted a need and think that someone should fill it. Whether your motivation is to help people or help yourself put $$$ in your pocket, a few basic things need to happen…
You need a plan, a timetable to complete that plan and the ability to break that plan into little daily tasks.
Seems like common sense, but if you’ve ever frozen yourself because you have so many ideas and things going on…then you know what I mean.
Someone very wise once told me that if you really want to get a new project done then you need to do something everyday that puts you closer to achieving that goal. That doesn’t mean you need to block out 4,2 even 1 hour a day. It could be doing one thing off your list that takes 2 minutes. The idea behind this is you are holding your self accountable and keeping a little momentum going.
So here’s my advice:
Get a piece of paper, open a word doc…etc.
[Productivity Tip: Use the app: Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists]
This app allows you to quickly and easily create a list and then expand within that specific entry by clicking on it.. Then you can pinch your fingers together to minimize. This is what I use for my ever changing list.
MASTER LIST. The number to the right is the individual steps or tasks to work towards completing that idea or project.
When you click on a blue entry it opens this screen and you can add more entries within it. I use this for steps towards completing.
Write every single project or task that you want to achieve. You know…the things that are on a revolving playlist that is going all day / everyday that you need to do, but can sometimes feel overwhelmed because you don’t know where to start.
It doesn’t matter if you have 4 or 100+ on your list you need to take the top 50% and focus on those. Either circle or copy and paste on to another page.
Now you should have a list 1/2 the size, things that are most important or exciting to you and the other 1/2 needs put on the back burner. Now take your new list and put them in order of what ones you want to do first. Don’t get stuck here, if it doesn’t matter to you then just close your eyes and point at one. For me I usually ask some of these questions:
- How time sensitive is this opportunity?
- How much $ will it take to do this?
- Do I have enough time to spare for this project?
- Am I excited to do this right now?
- Is starting this project now important because it will take a long time and I want to get the ball rolling?
- Do I have enough $ resources to make it come to life?
- Do I have a team in mind to help?
- What kind of financial gain potential does it have or potential to help people?
I’m sure everyone has there own priorities when picking a project, but the point is…you need to pick one that is right for you / and or the market RIGHT NOW.
Now you should have a list that is in order of most important to START NOW to least important. Take the #1 project at the top and start a new page. Now write every singe task you need to do or have done to get an alpha version. This would consist of getting the “shell” of your project done. It may not have all of the features, but you can build it out later.
For example, if your project was to create a new blog that will support an audience, have a weekly newsletter via email, have basic social media support and some affiliate products you would need to:
- Get your domain
- Get your hosting setup
- Get your web pages setup
- Get your email setup
- Get an email list builder software configured
- Decide how you will handle support
You get the point. Now arrange this list into what needs to be done first and begin to work in what you can each day. It might even be wise to set weekly goals and pick times you can block out to achieve some daily wins. Once this starts to happen you can ride that momentum right into your beta version. You may be getting into things like:
- Creating content
- Working on your SEO
- Coming up with ad campaigns
- Getting your affiliate project links setup
- Getting an email auto signup series ready
- Getting your website looking good
- Reaching out to authorities in your niche to see if you can collaborate
The point is you have to pour your footers before you can lay your foundation. You have to lay your foundation before you can set your joists / beams. You have to set your joists / beams before you can add your subfloor. You have to add your subfloor before you can frame the walls. You have to frame the walls before you can set the roof trusses…
Sometimes it’s easy to think about the roof trusses too early when you really need to poor the footers. I’m going to go pour my footers on my next project / goal and I suggest you do the same thing!