How to Deal with Huge Projects
When confronted with BIG projects, we tend to succumb to pressure instead of planning it carefully. Looking at it as something overwhelming, we are always looking for a convenient time to start. But really, when will that convenient time come? On the deadliest deadline? The more we are afraid to start the project, the more we decrease the slightest chance to finish it on time. If you have no choice but to work on it, why delay it further?
What you can do
Is the project you're afraid of really too big to hit? Go-getters who are ready to take on the challenge would rather say: "It's too big to miss!" Practicing this kind of thinking towards every project would make it seem less complex than you think. The project is scary enough, so why scare yourself more?
When dealing with huge projects, here are the things you can do:
1. Relax. Don't think of the things you cannot possibly do. Be practical by focusing on what you can do. At the start of the project, you need not to deal with all the complicated ideas. Be simple. As you get through the middle of work, you'll be surprised at how rapid ideas might come to you. So there goes your creativity and brilliance.
2. Plan carefully. No matter how you hate making an outline, you have to do it whether you like it or yes. This will serve as a backbone to fulfill the goals and objectives of your project, as it will be reflected in the final output.
3. Cut a huge project into manageable chunks. You don't have to rush. You can allot at least 30 minutes a day to complete it bit by bit. Same goes with financial matters. As soon as you receive your bills, try to pay them right away if you are capable enough to do so. In the first place, you've already allotted a portion of your budget for these bills. Do not procrastinate if you can pay them today, otherwise, you'll end up spending your money on other things that are not even necessary, or another set of bills will pile up and you'll have a hard time thinking how to pay them all.
4. Set your own deadline. Try as much as possible to finish the project before the date it is expected to be turned in. Having at least a day to review and refine your work will make it the best output you can submit.
5. Use the work-break-work scheme. According to experts, this pattern is the most effective way to get things done. Working straight hours will heighten monotony, but taking a few minutes to sip a hot chocolate drink, or indulge yourself with the cool milkshake while stretching, walking or letting your mind wander upon random thoughts will help you boot up your mind and renew your creativity.
Never Say Die
Dealing with huge projects can be overwhelming at first, but as soon as you learn to enjoy what you do, you'll simply go with the flow and even miss the activity once you're done. Learning the proper strategies that work for you is the best solution. We can never really impose what works for everyone because we have our own preferences. The most important thing though is to stop the habit of procrastination; otherwise you'll take a long path leading to nowhere.