Everyone has those things they would love to be able to do, or some skills they would love to develop. The problem is that we never get around to actually doing or learning them. The reasons for this vary, but more often than not it’s because we feel we don’t have the time or that we won’t be good enough to actually finish the project.
But here’s a little secret: you do have the time and you can complete that project.
So if you’ve ever uttered the words “I’d love to learn how to do that, but I never have time,” you might want to keep reading. Here are some tips for how to get started and how to set yourself up for success instead of failure.
The first step to completing a project is to plan it out and figure out exactly what you want to do. The more planning you do, the more likely you are to actually do what you plan.
Defining your goals is the first step of planning. Ask yourself why you’re doing this, what it is you want to do, and what do you hope to accomplish. It might help to have one overarching main goal with smaller milestone goals to accomplish along the way. This way, you avoid getting overwhelmed and the final goal seems much more obtainable.
Next, figure out what specifically needs to be done in order to reach the goals that you’ve set. For example: If your goal is to become a better writer, what writing workshops are you going to take? How many short stories are you going to create?
Make sure you define these tasks as clearly as possible. Give yourself numbers and specific details of what you’re going to do. Write down how long you’re going to spend on each task. Take away as much of the guesswork as possible.
Tell everyone you know about this new project you’re creating, and recruit good people to help you with it. Make sure you have people who know your goals and ask them to keep you honest and hold you accountable to finishing them.
Find others who are also starting projects and follow them on their journey. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people for help and support in this. Everyone will be so impressed with you, they might even start a project of their own.
Don’t keep waiting for Monday, or the 1st of next month. Time will pass whether you do this or not so you might as well start. The sooner you start, the closer you are to reaching that final goal. Jump in and get yourself going. The longer you wait; the more time you have to think of excuses not to do this.
Start today. You might think you don’t have time, but you really do. It doesn’t have to be much; it can be 10 minutes a day. You’re doing it the right way as long as you’re doing it.
The beautiful thing about a personal project is that there is no wrong way to do it. You don’t have to worry about rules, time, or word counts. Whatever you choose to do and however you choose to set it up is how it’s going to go. Don’t worry about doing it wrong, because you’re not.
The only way to do a personal project incorrectly is to not do it. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and don’t be afraid to revisit the planning stage if things aren’t working out how you’d hoped. There are going to be changes and challenges, and it’s ok to adapt to these as they come up.
Finally, just remember that it’s supposed to be fun and fulfilling. Your project is your own. Start today, keep up with it, and you’ll be so glad you did.