Project Reality: Dealing With Dead-End Projects
Is there a project sitting around your office, closet, garage, or bony room? Maybe it’s phenomenon you’d like to procure done, but there never seems to be enough occasion to earn started.
It sits in a pannier or on a shelf, waiting, feasibly even mocking you.
This may be what I designate a “dead-end” project.
Ask these questions:
• Do I really keep the time to do this project? Think through all the steps involved in completing it.
Think about modern obligations, work schedule, and family activities.
Do you really retain the time?
• Do I absence to do the business required to complete the project? Wanting the imagine done is different than being flexible to do what it takes to gain it done.
• Does the think utilize my strengths? Will I be doing things I like and am good at?
• Does this think equal my goals for the sequential six months or year?
• Does it really lack to be done, or is it device that I (or someone else) thinks should be done? Be honest.
• What would arise if it didn’t gain done? Probably nothing.
It’s not receiving done anyway.
Could I live with that and ruse on?
If you answered yes to three or fresh of the questions, you probably obtain one or additional dead-end projects.
There are many reasons why projects don’t earn completed.
They may be:
Aunt Minnie’s doilies were handed down, and now you observe the deficiency to do “something” with them.
For years I had a cross-stitch think from my college days tucked away for the days when I’d hold “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 dormant haven’t started.
o Stuff you’re not benefit at but perceive obligated to do anyway.
I despise selling stuff but felt that I “should” peddle some items on Craig’s List reasonably than giving them to pittance like usual.
o More business 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 secure done, and that’s okay.
Not everything needs to be completed (gasp!).
In fact, the prudent friend or woman focuses his or her energies on what is famous and lets go of the rest.
This month I am giving you permission to hire go of dead-end projects and to machination on to things that mortise with your life as it currently is.
You entrust passive need to do device 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 coarse envisage itself).
Don’t tease about finding the flawless home for them.
(That can become another project!)
• Find someone to do the imagine for or with you if you moderate can’t contract it go.
You may obtain to pay someone to piece together a quilt from the squares you’ve collected, but at least it cede procure done.
• Avoid beating yourself up for not finishing.
Chalk it up as a letters experience and machination on.
Enough emotional easgerness has already been spent.
Take a unprepared look at the project, task, or heap that has been unsettled over your head.
Assess its weight in terms of present goals and priorities.
Let go of what you can.
Get offices with the rest.
Then enjoy the peace that comes with a topic lifted.
Let go of dead-end projects.
You’ll be glad you did.
©Renee Ursem, 2012