Just because a project feels stalled and is not ready on the schedule you thought it would be is no reason to quit. Keep working on the project in little bits and pieces whenever you can.
Big important work takes time. Stop rushing yourself, unless it’s client sponsored work you are being paid for, that’s different. You need to maintain a sense of urgency but not the “it has to be done tomorrow” type of urgency. Forward progress is what matters.
An Example. I’m working on an eBook for ColorMetrix. The eBook gets worked on in little bits and pieces. Just yesterday I had a spare hour on a flight, after completing a few blog posts. I was about to open a book and start reading when I remembered the eBook. I spent an hour working on the introduction and cleaning up a few of the chapters. The eBook is that much closer to being done.
Your Projects. Which of your projects could get moved along just a little bit with twenty minutes or a half hour of work? It does not need to be a writing project. Maybe it’s the surprise party you are planning for your spouse. It’s only going to happen by putting the time in.
Time Shifting. Maybe DVR your favorite TV show this week and put an hour in on that project. Then, on Saturday morning watch the show in 40 minutes by skipping the commercials. Just like that you have another 20 minutes.
Your time is precious. The older I get the more I realize the value of 15 or 20 minutes spent doing something productive. This post was completed in about 15 minutes on a flight home. You and only you are going to find the time for your projects. Only your self motivation to keep working on it will find the project finished and shipped.
What kind of time shifting techniques do you use to get the work done? Please share your thoughts in the comments if you have a few moments.
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