You can learn the same tips, tricks and techniques that big businesses have been using for decades.
So you have a gazillion things that need to be done and they need to be done now. All you can think about are all the things you need to do, and you have no idea where to start. I used to feel totally overwhelmed with the sheer amount activities on my To Do list and the more I ignored the problem the worse I felt.
Lucky for me though I work in Project Management where I soon realized that the same processes and techniques that I have used in my career, can be used for virtually any problem in life. You see, if a company project manages the construction of a large building, they must organize the materials, the labour, the electrics, the water pipe installations etc…etc, so that they work coherently to bring the project, the building, together.
This is no different to starting a small home-based business. There are techniques that you can use in a logical way to literally get you from A to B. All that is required is a bit of analysis, a bit of planning and a bit of action. The following will help you to start breaking down the problem.
Ok, so say you are completely overwhelmed with creating a website. You have no idea where to start or how you want it to look. You may be thinking:
- No clear idea on how the website will look
- How to create a website?
- How to create a landing page?
- Create a sales page
- Who is my customer?
- Creating content on blogs/videos
- What colour scheme to use?
Break It Down
So the first thing you want to do is write down every single thing in your mind that is overwhelming you into a list, just like above. Then decide which is the most important. Is your landing page more important than the rest of your website or, is creating content more important for now? Number them like so:
- Decide colour scheme
- Create customer avatar
- Create landing page
- Create Website
- Create Sales Page
- Write content
Create Your Projects
Then you want to break these activities down even further, even so much as treating them as separate projects. So for instance, I would separate the website creation from the landing page and so forth, like so:
Project 1 = Decide on colour scheme & customer avatar
Project 2 = Create Landing Page
Project 3 = Create Sales Page
Project 4 = Create Blog post system
Create Your Activities
Then create activities for each of your projects. Break each project down even further. There will be activities that you can do simultaneously so that you are not working solely on one project at a time. Add a deadline to each activity to stay focused and on track. Then COMPLETE each activity as you go along.
If you love spreadsheets like me, you can then compile the list of activities into a separate tab and filter by date to keep you a little more focused.
Congratulations, you have now completed 80% of the work. You have successfully analysed and planned all your activities into a cohesive To Do list. You can now confidently complete each activity on the specified date without feeling any overwhelm of what to do and when to do it.
Realistically some dates will be pushed back, what can I say, life gets in the way sometimes. It’s important to have a plan but to stay flexible in your approach. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss a date, push the date back and start again. You may also find other ‘activities’ that you didn’t pre-plan to come in the way of your project plans, like learning how to use a plugin. Just tweak the activities, push them out by a day or so and then start again. You have completed the majority of the work, so fine tuning them will take no time.
Stay focused, stay on track and create an easy life for yourself.
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