Getting your project — even a large one — off to a successful and quick beginning is a major key to success.
So, here’s some help. Read on for 4 tips to help you move your project into the “Fail Safe” zone. As you use your skills and power to think ahead, your results can far surpass what a traditional approach to project management offers.
1. Open to new possibilities for structuring your project.
Start by clearly defining your desired outcome, and then build around it. Beginning with your goal stimulates your creativity and moves you away from automatically following a standard protocol. Let fresh ideas bubble up.
2. Refine the image of your goal. Make it comprehensive and specific.
Keep working at your project definition. Having a crystal clear image of your desired outcome before you begin helps in lots of ways. For one thing, it’s motivating. And vague descriptions may result in confusion for those who need to understand your project or those whose help you may need in order to be successful. The clarity of your goal will also help you strategize more effectively when you’re structuring your action steps.
3. What about the scope and complexity of your desired outcome? If you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, remember that you hold the power to make your project manageable.
Realistic planning at the outset greatly reduces your chances of having to scale back your original goal. A doctoral dissertation or strategic plan without a feasible-to-achieve outcome can easily become a project that is impossible to manage. Learn to marshal your resources by simplifying.
4. Work backward.
Start from your outcome and work back. This helps you identify each necessary action step. When you do this, you’re more likely to maintain a realistic pace and scale throughout the project.
In contrast, beginning at the beginning can mire you in too much detail or overwhelm you with the enormity of your task.
It’s deeply rewarding to plan a project effectively when first starting out. You will proceed with more confidence and develop a stronger base of support.