Projects, Plateaus, and Perseverance

Idea, Design, Implement, Monitor.

While it can be said that there are many more steps in the project’s life cycle, I think it is safe to say that these four anchor stages can roughly describe the process for most of our projects.

With in each of these stages there can be many opportunities for projects to get sidetracked or simply stopped on the tracks they’re on. It is natural for us to become excited when we first come to a new idea. New ideas are filled with potentials and possibilities. The feeling can be overwhelming and incredible rewarding.

As we move forward in the exploration of these ideas, in the design phase, we often find that they are not as simple and first conceptualized. While our initial idea may have represented a central core of a project, the design phase inevitable leads us to discover the edge boundaries of the idea, We discover new skills we must learn to move forward, assets that must be acquired, unseen conditions and interactions both within and external to the project…

These things can often lead us to lose much of the initial excitement that we might have had about an idea, leaving us alone with much hard work to do. This creates the sense of a plateau; the initial phases are so engaging that we can help feeling this shift in project progress. Sometimes this leads to incomplete designs and/or inadequate Implementation.

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Knowing that this is a normal part of the process can be a great start to keeping you on track. Another strategy involves breaking a project down into smaller projects, each building on the last. Combining these with a ritual of “going” to work, access to tools which help you accomplish your goals and the accountability that comes from a supportive and knowledgeable community, can help us to persevere and get to the next phase of the project where we can test and monitor our work to get feedback about our efforts. If the feedback is positive, this reinforces our efforts, if the feedback is not what we hoped for it could be challenge to return to the work and make the adjustments needed. However, this unexpected feedback is the best for learning about and improving your projects, and that gives me an idea…

SO… what is your idea? And what is stopping you?

Let us know, We are here to help.

For more good suggestions check out this article by Scott Belsky.