Literally abut every 3 days or so, I come up with a new idea; either for my existing businesses, or for entirely new ones. If I decided to pursue each and every one of them, I’d be looking at executing approximately 121.6 new ideas each year (and my family would have disowned me). I have to admit – even I (Miss Optimist-Overly Exciteable-Serial Executor) couldn’t even pull that off. But still, it’s great to push yourself and to have measurable goals while properly managing your expectations. Right at the beginning of this year, I settled on a new project strategy that I would apply in 2014:
Small, Medium and Large.
Whether you liken it to a fast food value meal, or clothing sizes or THE SIZE OF THE LATEST SNOW STORM TO HIT THE EAST COAST, the ‘Small, Medium and Large’ concept is easy to relate to and, most importantly, to digest without too much trepidation.
Here’s how I’m applying it: I’m synthesizing (I don’t think I’ve used this term since 4th grade English), my zillion project ideas into about a dozen or so, then deciding which ones really can wait (or be tossed). Then, I’m sorting the remaining by order of magnitude: the mondo project, the respectably sized project, and the one easiest one that will take little resources to mount. Breaking them down this way instantly made me feel less overwhelmed and like making them happen was actually doable. Such a simple perspective, but immensely helpful for some reason.
I’m getting ready to announce my Small Project this week and I’m excited about it because: (a) it’s going to be FUN and valuable; but also (b) it’s only the beginning of February and I’ve already planned and launched a project. Yay me.
Have you thought about organizing your projects this way? Show me what you got!