Big Projects

There are always times when you suddenly have a big project you have to finish: you have homework from three teachers, you have a term paper due next week or you have to clean your room by the weekend and you haven’t done anything about anything for months. A lot of times when you see the big project you just stop: you freeze solid and can’t move forward at all. This does not help, and you know it, but somehow you just can’t start. Worse yet, you go off and do something easy for a while, maybe even a long while, and turn a huge project into an even more difficult project.

By wanting to step aside and do something easy you aren’t being bad but you do perhaps need more experience in things. One of the best things to remember about huge projects is the old joke: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Everything: every project, job of work, problem, snarled-up mess or whatever, is always made up of parts. Sometimes the parts of the problem seem to be glued together or like a mobile: you can’t tug on one part of it without making all the other parts move. That can certainly be frustrating! However, in cases like that you can ask for help from someone that has had a similar problem, experience or project.

If the project is not too hard, like cleaning your room or doing a term paper, you can either break it into areas or break it into parts. Say what you need is to get into your closet but your room is so full of junk that you can’t even open the folding door all the way, and it’s been like that since last Christmas. Doe it make more sense to just clear the floor in front of the closet and dump everything on the bed, including the extra stuff in the closet you don’t need? Sometimes that is the best way: cleaning by area. Or if it makes more sense to just clean up all the dirty clothes everywhere first, including the clothes under the bed, in the closet or whatever you have, then that’s the way you should do it.

It’s your project! You can do it any way that works. The only way you will fail is if you don’t do it.

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