There are times when it seems like procrastination lies at the heart of every setback. When you run your own artistic business a project can require multiple stages, each needing immense time and attention. If you get stuck in any stage it can be difficult to follow through with the work and bring your project to completion.
If you are stuck in the midst of a project, here are my…
3 ways to follow through on a project and bring it to completion
1. Set timelines that come with milestone celebrations attached. What better way to celebrate the end of a large project, than by booking a gathering for all team members to meet? Longer projects should have milestones that match their enormity/ significance; and as a business owner it is a good idea to encourage these occasions. A free lunch, or recognition ceremony can be effective ways to do this.
2. Do not ignore the editing and review process. By avoiding this stage, your project can languish in development for far too long. I am a big offender on this point, because editing is not my strong suit. I have difficulty editing my own work, yet I have been known to agonize over the phrasing of a sentence in a colleague’s work. I think it has something to do with the “freshness” of the writing to mine own eyes. When I write, the material comes from my brain and I am familiar with it, therefore reading it again and again is tricky. On the other hand, by avoiding the editing my own work, I frequently have an insecure feeling that originates in my subconscious. It doesn’t feel completed. It feels like I am insecure about sharing my work because my mind is not fully aware of exactly what others will see. By taking the time to read and to review your work; you allow yourself to better know your strengths, weaknesses, and how to improve where needed. The project will not languish in development because you will know exactly where your work needs to be tweaked in order to push toward completing it. In the best case scenario, you may find that your work is not bad all.
3. If the enormity of a project is overwhelming, you should investigate methods for outsourcing parts of the project to outside contractors. One yearly task that I dread is: completing the filing of income taxes. I have never been happy to hold on to pay stubs and slips (that all arrive at different times, annoyingly enough) in the months leading up to tax season. The boring weekend of filing my income taxes involves staying up late to enter everything into a tax software program, and I never look forward to the activity. The chore changed for me when I realized that I could outsource the preparation of my taxes to a professional without much worry. By doing this, the project would still move toward completion; even though I had outsourced the bulk of the task to an outside contractor. There may be some purists who believe that my strategy involves cheating, but I would argue that the time saved and the frustration avoided by being able to reach the completion of a valuable project is a more attractive outcome than the one I outlined earlier. Following through on projects is something that even the best strategists struggle with. Each reason for a setback is unique to each person. Using strategies like the ones above to overcome setbacks in a project can improve success. Even if there are no other stakeholders involved in your project; you must never discount the importance of following through for your own self-worth and esteem.
Do you have any strategies that you use to keep moving ahead on projects? Leave a comment in the section below to share!
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