Category Archives: Planning Projects

Completing Your Successful Project and Key Tips for Moving Forward

As you complete your successful project, it’s important to do these two things:

Reward yourself and create a new goal or project for yourself.

Here are a few additional ideas.

Satisfaction

I like how Jack Canfield in his book “The Success Principles” defines the word “satisfaction”.  He mentions that the word “satisfaction” comes from the Latin meaning of “satis”, which means “enough” in English.  Therefore, the word “satisfaction” means “enough action”.

I’ve had to keep in mind that as I’m achieving short-term goals with my projects, I need to take “enough action” to experience a feeling of satisfaction.

It’s crucial to see things through to completion when you’re working towards a goal or successful project.

Clear Rewards and Benefits

Rewarding yourself is motivating- as rewards or benefits keep you on track with your goals.  Rewards or benefits are your “reasons why” you want to achieve your goal — and to successfully complete your project.

Here’s a few tips:

  • create clear benefits or rewards for completing your project or achieving your goals
  • Do an ongoing review of your goals for your project — and the rewards or benefits you have clearly defined for yourself
  • Follow through with the rewards you’ve stated for completing your project or goal.  This will motivate you for the next phase of your project or short-term goal.

Of course, rewards can be tangible or intangible.

Here’s an a few examples

Tangible Rewards

Tangible rewards can be things such as a new place to live (house or condominium) for achieving your financial goal or project. Or you may want to take a vacation or trip to a place you’ve always wanted to visit.  A tangible reward could also be a new electronic gadget you desire to own.

Intangible Rewards

Intangible rewards could include: the felling of well-being or satisfaction of a job well-done., greater motivation in your life – for achieving new goals and completing new projects, and greater personal development.  Having more self-discipline, better time management skills, and organizational skills are examples of greater personal development.

Setting New Goals/New Projects

As I’d mentioned previously, it’s important to reward yourself after you successfully complete a major goal or project in life,

But you shouldn’t stop at that point.  I’ve experienced complacency first-hand, and its consequences.

I successfully graduated with honors when I obtained my Business degree in 1998.

I set no new goals or projects for myself- and I became complacent.

My advice to you (for the time period after you complete your goal or project) would be:

Guard against complacency..

Set new goals and develop new projects- ones that have these characteristics- they would be goals or projects that:

  • are new, exciting and compelling
  • stretch you (help you move outside your comfort zone)
  • motivate you
  • develop your skills
  • inspire you with a great vision for your future

This concludes my blog post series on the topic of planning projects.

In my next series of posts, I’ll discuss various types of positive values you may consider adopting- as you develop great goals for your future.

Until then, live life to its fullest!

Here’s a good video on setting and reaching your goals- and developing targets:


The Essential Elements of Planning and Control for Your Projects

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Beginning and completing projects seems “daunting” or overwhelming at times.

If you’re like me, the terms “planning” and “control” for projects seem like big, huge terms. I start to feel “way out of my league” as the saying or cliche goes.

Here’s a few tips to make the process of planning and controlling your current project less stressful and more enjoyable and productive.

The Value of Your Perspective

I’ve found that changing my mindset, view or attitude towards starting and completing projects has been very helpful.

In the past, I wouldn’t plan ahead very well.  It’s hard to get things going without a plan or road map.

As I’ve changed my mindset from thinking “this can’t be done” to more positive aspects of planning things out and monitoring them, it’s helped me with my viewpoint on my current projects.

If you’re starting a school, educational, home or business project, you may feel rather overwhelmed.

As you start your project, I recommend writing out or summarizing how you’ll ultimately benefit from completing this project.  Feelings of accomplishment, satisfaction, and the development of new skills such as better time management could be ones you could list.

Evaluation & Short-Term Goals- On Track?

As a good reminder, stay on track with your project by setting short-term goals and deadlines for accomplishing them.

Setting deadlines creates a commitment- and a target date for completion.  Even if you fall short, you have a list that you can use to help keep you accountable with your project.

Assess Resources

As you’re in the process of completing your project, it’s helpful to assess your resources along the way.  Here’s what I mean by “assessing your resources”.

Here’s a few helpful questions to consider:

  • Are your resources sufficient for completing your project?
  • If you have a resource that isn’t sufficient for your project, can you locate alternatives?
  • Do you have the right tools in place for a successful project?
  • If you’re stuck on a certain aspect of the project you’re working on, do you have personal or professional contacts that can help you? If not, can you network to acquire the contacts that you need?

Tools can be anything from the materials required to complete your project, a planning system (such as a project planner or daytimer) or a rolodex for organizing your information.

Here’s a few examples for resources:

If you’re a business owner, your resources may be services you’re using to get your business up and running.  Or you may have professional contacts that act as a good resource for information and expertise.

If you’re a student, your resources may be the Internet, your professors, or sometimes even your classmates.

Action Steps

This is where the planning and control aspects of a project ties in with the tips I’ve provided in the last paragraphs.

Once you’ve developed and maintained a positive mindset about your project, you can then develop short-term goals for your project (breaking it down!).  You can use these short-term goals with their deadlines to evaluate whether you’re on track or not.  As you’re completing and working on your project, you can assess your resources (are they adequate?).

In my last tip with this post, I encourage you to take action on your project based on your short-term goals.

Make new adjustments as you evaluate your resources.

Take action on the things you learn as you complete your project step-by-step.

Action is key!

My next post will be about completing a successful project- and why it’s important to set new goals and projects in life.  I look forward to sharing a bit more of my experiences with my next post.

Five Key Tips to Stay Motivated for a Successful Project

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Staying motivated throughout a big project can be a huge challenge.  Examples of big projects that come to mind are setting up a home-based business, writing a book, or conducting research for a major paper in college or university.

To me, this is the ultimate question when it comes to staying motivated:

How can you and I stay motivated with our projects (and with our major goals)?

Here are 5 tips and strategies that will help you stay motivated with your current project.

When you follow and use these 5 tips (which I’ve outlined as headings that are in red), you’ll have greater motivation and inspiration to complete your projects… and of course, accomplish you goals with your project!

Review of Overall Goals

You’ve probably heard it said – that “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”

To me, having my goals list – for the most important areas of my life, really inspires me and moves me forward as I review it.  It’s a great motivational tool for me.

Your project will help you reach a cherished long-term goal that you have.  As you reflect upon your major goals, I suggest that you write the following out:

My current project will help me achieve my long term goal of: _________, and my rewards for accomplishing this goal are: __________

For me, having this written out has greatly motivating to me.

Preliminary or Short-Term Goals

Having my projects broken down into do-able steps has been important.

I’ve found that my level of motivation decreases as I start feeling overwhelmed.

Here’s my suggestion for you:

Break your overall project down into steps you can take action on right away.  You’ll experience greater focus and less confusion during the process.  I know this works, and I hope you follow this advice and experience great success!

Rewards of Accomplishment

Next, it’s important to define and review your rewards for completing your project (and for accomplishing your goals)

As you do this, you’ll be motivated to get started on your project.  Getting started is half the battle.  Staying motivated will be a more regular habit – as you review your own inspiring reasons for completing your project successfully.

Daily Goals List

I have found that having a daily goals list has been extremely valuable to me.  It keeps me on track with my project- and it’s moving me towards accomplishing the goals I’ve set for myself.  I know first-hand that having it works!

I create as a brief or fairly short list.

As you create a daily goals list, it will help keep you on track towards completing your project (and accomplishing your goals).  This list will also provide direction, focus and a sense of accomplishment as you check items off your list.

Affirming Success

It’s important to develop and maintain a positive mental attitude throughout a project.

Obstacles happen as we work towards our goals and as we work on projects. How can we remain positive?

To me, the answer is: to affirm and visualize success

Each moment provides me with the opportunity to focus on success or failure.  I have to actively choose to focus on success.

I have 5 affirmations that I like to review and use throughout the day. They keep me more positive and help me battle any negativity that creeps into my mind.

As you affirm that you’ll have a successful project, and visualize your ultimate success, you’ll be able to stay motivated during your project.

In my next post, I’ll discuss a few good tips to plan your project and keep yourself on track towards success.


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Organizing Yourself for Greater Motivation, Efficiency and Success

In the past, I reacted a couple of ways as I started out on a new project.  It’s easy to get a bit sidetracked, especially if it’s a project involving using the Internet.  I get a lot of emails sometimes that call out for my attention with the latest and greatest product that I “must” have.

In addition, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the “details” involved with a project.  As I establish a SOHO business (small office, home office business), I have many services and activities to check on and monitor, as well as projects to develop.

I have found a good system for keeping track of the things I need to do with my project (getting my blog and business off the ground!).  I hope that you’ll find that these ideas will be helpful to you.

A Rolodex-type of organizing system

These days, when you start a project, there always seems to be more than enough to do.  Having a rolodex to organize yourself is very important.

It’s been a big help to me with the things I need to work on.

This morning, I did a Google search for the term “rolodex”.  For the term “free rolodex software”, Google came up with 488,000 results.

As a non-technical, easy-to-access type of rolodex, I use index cards for listing my activities.  So, for me my rolodex is an activity card system.

These activity cards serve as my rolodex.  On them I list:

  • my activity or project name
  • the location of my files (on the computer) and my printouts (as I use several binders)
  • the key activities involved with each project (for example, what I need to monitor- and a brief description of what I need to do – in point form)
  • the benefits or rewards of completing each project

I create an activity or project name for each card- and it helps keep me organized.

Knowing where my files and printouts are located also keeps me organized.  When I’ve been disorganized, I’ve found myself to be quite inefficient.  It’s frustrating to look for an important piece of paperwork in a pile of papers.

Also knowing the key activities and motivating benefits for completing your projects is also valuable.

Each day, as I review the benefits for each project, I feel motivated to complete it.

If you’re a student, you may want to use a type of rolodex or activity card system for each course that you’re taking.  Your benefits or rewards could be the things that you could learn.  Even if it’s a course that you’re not excited about, it can be a stepping stone to help you pursue a career that you’ve always been interested in.  I encourage you to keep your ultimate goals in mind.

An activity card or rolodex-type of system can also be quite useful for your home or home office.  With it you can- track expenses of various types, know where your files are located, know where your product warranties are, and to keep track of important contacts (which, of course, is what the rolodex is ultimately used for).

The more organized you are, your efficiency in your home, business, career or school will increase.

My advice for this post would be this: for a more productive and successful day, become more focused (and less sidetracked – so you can avoid procrastinating about your goal or project).  I would encourage you to become more organized (if you’re not), and therefore less overwhelmed.  Organization may not be “trendy” or “fashionable” in some circles, but it will allow you to be more efficient and successful with your current project.

My next post will be about staying motivated as you work on your projects and goals.

Setting Preliminary Steps for Your Next Successful Project

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How are you doing with setting goals and starting successful projects?  I’ve learned quite a bit here and there through planning a few projects of my own.  Much of what I’ve learned has been through the hard way: trial and error.

I hope that you’ll get some great tips and strategies through my series of blog posts on project planning.  Sometimes all it takes is one valuable tip to make the difference of having average results to outstanding results.

One big part of starting a project is planning, which involves outlining the preliminary steps that you need to take.

Once a project is broken down into “bite-size pieces”, it’s easier to get going on it and to be successful with it.

Here are a few characteristics of a well-written plan.  As you write out a project plan, you could use it as the preliminary steps for your upcoming project.

I came up with an idea for the acronym- to hopefully make the 4 characteristics easy to remember as you plan your preliminary steps.  The acronym is C.A.R.E- A good preliminary plan is Clear, Attainable, Rewarding, and Educational

For instance, lately I changed over my ethernet adapter in my computer.  It was quite the learning experience for me, as I don’t do a lot of technical work.

Clear

One essential feature of your preliminary steps is that they should be clear.  Clarity leads to focus.

What tools do you need to complete your project successfully?  As I’d mentioned in my last blog post, having the right tools in place allows you to be “up and running” on your project at the beginning.

Attainable

Have you broken your steps down into attainable or “do-able” types of steps?

Here’s a key point to consider if you get stuck…

Do you also have the right resources in place?  Are there people you can ask if you get stuck on something?  Keep in mind that you don’t have to try out new things on your own.  As you may recall from my last blog post, there are other people who would be willing to help.  By using the Internet, you also have another great resource.  As you most likely know, you can get answers to your questions by using the search feature on Google.com and YouTube.  Forums and websites such as ask.com also provide solutions for a wide variety of topics.

Rewarding

This category also applies to short-term goals- as well as your preliminary steps.

Rewards can be:

  • Tangible
  • Intangible

Tangible rewards include such things as taking time off to do something that you’d enjoy; maybe you’d like to take a trip to the mountains as a reward for focusing and completing the major parts of your project.  Tangible rewards can be highly motivating.

Intangible rewards include seeing the progress you’re making as you’re working on your project.  It’s a rewarding and satisfying experience to make big or small accomplishments.

Developing your skills is a tangible reward.  Developing and completing projects allow you to stretch outside your comfort zone, be creative, and develop new skills in many areas.

It’s good to reflect upon the types of tangible and rewards you’d like to see with your project.  It’s a good thing to focus on when your motivation fluctuates.

For example, when you encounter an obstacle, or if you’re feeling a bit “un-inspired” to finish your project, you’ll greatly benefit by reading the types of rewards you’ve outlined – rewards that you’ll experience as you complete the major parts of your project.

Educational

I encourage you to focus on what you’ll learn with your new project- as you set out a preliminary plan.

I find it encouraging, motivating and inspiring to do so, and it keeps my motivational level higher.

With your hobby, pastime, or career, you have your own interests- things you like to do and learn more about.  With your next project, as you briefly describe the new things you’re excited to learn about, you’ll have greater motivation as you start your project.

I like the following image with its quote below.  I hope you find it inspiring. The quote below for the Goals image says:

“Keep your head and your heart in the right direction and you’ll never have to worry about your feet”.

In my next post, I’ll talk about how having a resource list and being organized has helped me immensely with my projects.

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