Rather than jumping into a project’s process immediately, it’s best to take some time and think about how you want it to evolve as you move forward. One thing that will help the success of the project is to have a base of previous results to go by.
Setting goals is one way to be able to visualize and plan a process that evolves smoothly over time. You may be able to base a new plan on data of results you’ve gathered – or begin completely anew.
Prioritizing the tasks in your process is key to making things happen. Everyone has the same amount of time, but we don’t all use it the same. When you haphazardly jump into a project without prioritizing how the process will work, you run the risk of things running amok.
If you have a team helping you with the implementation of a project, get together with them about how to improve the process. You may decide that by taking one small aspect of the project, you can get a better result.
Or, nothing may be working well and as you planned, so an entirely different strategy maybe called for. Are there more urgent tasks that should be accomplished before heading on to other things – or have a completely different to-do list that rearranges and reprioritizes the tasks.
Some processes won’t take you to the place you’re aiming for. That’s a sign that you may need to return to the drawing board and revamp and rethink decisions you’ve made in the past.
One thing you may want to revamp is your deadlines. Deadlines for some projects are extremely important while some may actually hamper progress. For example, if you’re on the verge of finding out some very important information to make your project more successful, it’s a shame to have to cut it short and call it finished.
Flexible deadlines may be best for some projects. Try it on a temporary basis and see if it works better for you to ensure a quality product and one that you’ll benefit more from. Establishing checkpoints at certain times of the project can help you evaluate whether more time is needed.
Team work on a project might also cause unproductive periods of time because one area needs to complete a task before others can move on with theirs. Establish a way to rotate the work so that each team has something to work on at all times.
During the evolution of your project, you can insert tasks when needed so the process isn’t held up by a task that isn’t completed or one that is totally left out of the mix. A task that isn’t thought of and carried out can make a big difference in the future evolution and completion of the project.