Build your own life structure
March 1, 2010 2:38 AM Subscribe
I want to learn how to structure long-term, personal projects that have no externally set time limitations.
posted by mossicle to grab bag (13 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Class time, work time, and meeting times that are pre-scheduled for me, I can deal with alright. Assignments that carry a hard deadline I can also handle.
My problem is with more nebulous projects, often ones that I'm pursuing in my 'spare time' for my own interests. I never end up spending any time on these projects or making any progress on them because they're non-urgent and thus easy to delay another day.
I like the idea of breaking things down into tiny, discrete steps and then making carefully planned out timelines but I have trouble estimating the time it takes me to noodle around, get started working, and then actually complete a portion of work. Often I have trouble even defining my goals concretely.
Procrastination probably plays a role here, but I think strong, consistent skills in structuring my time and goals would go a long way. How do you realistically plan out these types of low-urgency, vaguely defined (wrt time) projects?