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Project Reality: Dealing With Dead-End Projects
Is there a visualize sitting around your office, closet, garage, or slim room? Maybe it’s entity you’d like to gain done, but there never seems to be enough instance to earn started.
It sits in a container or on a shelf, waiting, conceivably even mocking you.
This may be what I denominate a “dead-end” project.
Ask these questions:
• Do I really hold the occasion to do this project? Think through all the steps involved in completing it.
Think about existing obligations, undertaking schedule, and issue activities.
Do you really posses the time?
• Do I need to do the assignment needed to full the project? Wanting the visualize done is different than being alert to do what it takes to earn it done.
• Does the project utilize my strengths? Will I be doing things I like and am behalf at?
• Does this suppose counterpart my goals for the succeeding six months or year?
• Does it really dearth to be done, or is it item that I (or someone else) thinks should be done? Be honest.
• What would happen if it didn’t earn done? Probably nothing.
It’s not receiving done anyway.
Could I live with that and stratagem on?
If you answered yes to three or more of the questions, you probably hold one or fresh dead-end projects.
There are many reasons why projects don’t attain completed.
They may be:
Aunt Minnie’s doilies were handed down, and now you touch the dearth to do “something” with them.
For years I had a cross-stitch project from my college days tucked away for the days when I’d own “more time.
Maybe you used to enjoy creating scrapbooks, but now all your pictures are digital.
o Too big.
Piles of wood are stacked in the garage to build that dresser, tree house, hope chest, etc.
, but you stagnant haven’t started.
o Stuff you’re not interest at but perceive obligated to do anyway.
I execrate selling overfill but felt that I “should” market some items on Craig’s List reasonably than giving them to donation like usual.
o More job than benefit.
Some things impartial aren’t worth the effort.
It’s instance to be realistic about a dead-end project.
It is probably not going to obtain done, and that’s okay.
Not everything needs to be completed (gasp!).
In fact, the prudent comrade or countess focuses his or her energies on what is great and lets go of the rest.
This month I am giving you permission to rent go of dead-end projects and to stratagem on to things that splice with your life as it currently is.
You will stagnant dearth to do phenomenon with whatever is sitting in the garage, closet or guest room.
Here are a few suggestions:
• Donate any new or used materials (or even the fresh scheme itself).
Don’t bait about finding the full home for them.
(That can become another project!)
• Find someone to do the scheme for or with you if you reasonable can’t charter it go.
You may own to honorarium someone to piece together a quilt from the squares you’ve collected, but at least it commit procure done.
• Avoid beating yourself up for not finishing.
Chalk it up as a learning experience and gambit on.
Enough emotional liveliness has already been spent.
Take a raw look at the project, task, or heap that has been undecided over your head.
Assess its priority in terms of existing goals and priorities.
Let go of what you can.
Get aid with the rest.
Then enjoy the stillness that comes with a topic lifted.
Let go of dead-end projects.
You’ll be glad you did.
©Renee Ursem, 2012