Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep #140: How to Think About Big Projects

April 3, 2023

Show Notes:

Today’s episode opens up with a great Planner Peace submission from Millicent!

Products mentioned:

Simplified Daily Planner

Day Designer Monthly (I think this is what she is referring to!)

– Essential Calendar (this link and use code BESTLAIDPLANS at checkout for 10% off!)

11 steps for breaking up big projects. In brief, these include:

1- Envision the End

2- Think about Timeline.

3- Think about Team (and learning from others who have been there)

4- Start mapping out the steps. Not necessarily EVERY step. But, always good to know first step / next step / any time-sensitive step or bottleneck

5- Decide what time frame makes sense to ‘hold’ your project

6- Figure out where you will keep everything related to the project

7- Assign yourself the first step with a specific time frame. (Take the plunge!)

8- Set a calendar date with yourself to review progress / define next steps / make edits

9- Have an off ramp or the ability to table it if you can!

10- CELEBRATE completions – of each step, of the project as a whole! Thank those involved and share your victories.

11- Postmortem – think about what worked, what didn’t, and where to store notes/etc for next time!

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  • Reply Ariana April 3, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    This episode absolutely ruled and it was SO helpful with a big work project I’m in early stages of! Would love more eps like this in the future!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 3, 2023 at 9:06 pm

      aww, thank you so much!!!

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