How to Complete a (Major) Project

Date: December 8, 2008

I'm basking in the glow of finishing my third book last night, The Successful Single Mom. This project, which I started in May {2008}, was something I didn't have time to do ... I made the time to do it. For those of you who missed it, I also got married in August {2008}. My point is, when something ranks high enough to you, you will give it attention and make it happen.

Here is my formula for "getting it all done," whether you're a single mom or a single male:
  1. Make a list of the top 3-5 most important projects you really want to complete in the next 6-12 months.
  2. Put in writing exactly why you must complete these projects, and give each project a deadline. The next step is a timeline for each project.
  3. Immediately stop doing the miscellaneous bullsh*t that wastes 30-40% of your day {such as Facebook, online shopping, water cooler chitchat, television, etc.}.
  4. Stay focused on the "how and why you CAN" complete each project. When something is a must and you argue for how you can get it done, you will in fact get it done. (There's a reason I repeated that idea.)
  5. Have a bottle of Dom Perignon available for scheduled and impromptu moments of celebration.
Ask yourself some quality questions:

What's my next most important project? 
Why must I complete it? 
What's my deadline? 

What gets calendared, gets done. After you think it, ink it ... and then get to doing it!

Let me know and I'll give you some special encouragement, and a few dashes of accountability.

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