Project Reality: Dealing With Dead-End Projects
Is there a visualize sitting around your office, closet, garage, or bony room? Maybe it’s article you’d like to earn done, but there never seems to be enough case to obtain started.
It sits in a creel or on a shelf, waiting, possibly even mocking you.
This may be what I christen a “dead-end” project.
Ask these questions:
• Do I really obtain the situation to do this project? Think through all the steps involved in completing it.
Think about latest obligations, business schedule, and young activities.
Do you really own the time?
• Do I privation to do the undertaking vital to full the project? Wanting the envisage done is different than being sensitive to do what it takes to obtain it done.
• Does the project utilize my strengths? Will I be doing things I like and am welfare at?
• Does this envisage analogue my goals for the subsequent six months or year?
• Does it really absence to be done, or is it phenomenon that I (or someone else) thinks should be done? Be honest.
• What would transpire if it didn’t attain done? Probably nothing.
It’s not taking done anyway.
Could I live with that and artifice on?
If you answered yes to three or other of the questions, you probably hold one or fresh 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 endure the scarcity to do “something” with them.
For years I had a cross-stitch envisage from my college days tucked away for the days when I’d obtain “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 inert haven’t started.
o Stuff you’re not interest at but observe obligated to do anyway.
I abominate selling satisfy but felt that I “should” doorstep some items on Craig’s List quite than giving them to charity like usual.
o More task than benefit.
Some things just aren’t worth the effort.
It’s situation to be realistic about a dead-end project.
It is probably not going to attain done, and that’s okay.
Not everything needs to be completed (gasp!).
In fact, the sensible friend or noblewoman focuses his or her energies on what is revered and lets go of the rest.
This month I am giving you permission to contract go of dead-end projects and to ruse on to things that fit with your life as it currently is.
You commit passive deprivation to do entity 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 untried think itself).
Don’t goad about finding the finished home for them.
(That can become another project!)
• Find someone to do the imagine for or with you if you impartial can’t sublet it go.
You may own to earnings someone to piece together a quilt from the squares you’ve collected, but at least it consign secure done.
• Avoid beating yourself up for not finishing.
Chalk it up as a education experience and artifice on.
Enough emotional enthusiasm has already been spent.
Take a untried look at the project, task, or lot that has been unsettled over your head.
Assess its importance in terms of current goals and priorities.
Let go of what you can.
Get support with the rest.
Then enjoy the peace that comes with a idea lifted.
Let go of dead-end projects.
You’ll be glad you did.
©Renee Ursem, 2012