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Plan your project and be productive

Make your plan of action!

 

1) Be consistent and plan ahead
Instead of having productivity that ebbs and flows over time, try to find a rhythm in your work. So basically, the opposite of procrastination. Schedule and make a plan of action before committing to a project so you know how much time you have to spend to get it done in time. Mark mini-deadlines throughout the project, more on this to come.

 

2)Write it down
Planning your project is one thing. Remembering it 2 months after is another. Write everything down and I do mean EVERYTHING. Start with the core of your plan but don’t forget the details. Make a separate sheet with thoughts that suddenly pop into your head. After you’ve written it down, make sure you structure it well so that you, in the first place, can easily understand your own strategy but also for members that might join the project on a later date.

 

3) Be able to anticipate
Try to come up with innovative solutions to sudden problems, or hurdles that might throw a wrench in your plan of action (See the first point). Be a step ahead, and think of possible roadblocks when making your plan of action.

 

4) Revisit and change
Your plan shouldn’t be static. Don’t be scared to change or alter it when you find a better or more logical way of doing things. With your experience working on the project, new idea’s will come to light and existing ideas will seem unnecessary. Don’t throw away your original ideas though!

 

5) Check your progress
Remember the mini-deadlines from the first point? Here’s where they come into play. Work towards smaller deadlines instead of focussing on the end, long-term one. This will not help to structure and keep track of your work, it will also bring satisfaction to you when you complete one. This is often overlooked but can be vital to the success of the project.

 

6) Reach the deadline
When judgment day finally comes, be ready to launch, present, … your project. But make sure it’s fully ready first! Some minor things will almost always pop-up after the deadline. Depending on the project, you shouldn’t worry too much.

 

7) Look back
Look back at the project and see what went right, what went wrong and how you can improve in the future. Aks your superiors and team members to honestly evaluate you and the project so you know in what field you have to improve for the next one.

 

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Last modified: May 2, 2018

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