25 Sep How to manage a huge project
A lot of folks just dive into a big project without giving it much thought, so they soon find themselves a bit lost. After spinning a little while longer and not feeling like they’re getting anywhere, OVERWHELM sets in. Once good ol’ Overwhelm enters the picture, the brain begins to shut down, decisions can’t be made, and soon the towel is thrown in.
Instead of just diving in blindly, it’s important to take the time to plan what you’re doing.
What are your goals?
What materials and resources will you need?
What steps will you need to take to get there?
How much time will each of these steps take?
By breaking a big project down into smaller pieces, it becomes much more manageable. For a “real life” example, let’s look at what the San Antonio Sports Foundation did with their ING Kids Rock program. A marathon is 26.2 miles. That’s a heck of a long distance to run. If you’re only five years old, it will seem like foooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrever, and you may not want to do it. Instead of having kinder through second graders attempt to run a marathon in one day, they’ve broken down the task into manageable chunks. The kiddos will run a little each day at school until they hit 25.2 miles. The grand hurrah of their last mile will take place during the San Antonio Rock n’ Roll Marathon weekend events.
The children will be able to say they’ve run 26.2 miles. It wasn’t all at once, but they’ll still get the job done. And that’s what matters.