How to tackle multiple large personal projects?
December 4, 2013 5:20 AM Subscribe
I need some advice on getting things done. I have several large personal projects I've been trying to work on for a long time, but I am having trouble making even the smallest dent in each.
posted by Brittanie to Grab Bag (17 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
There are probably 5-10 different projects. They include things like: frame and hang artwork, clean out closet, edit 4 years worth of vacation photos on computer, mend pile of clothes, set up personal portfolio website, etc.
For the vast majority of these projects, I am NOT comfortable with outsourcing. This is also the culled list, so for the sake of this question let's assume I've already dropped the least important, not-everything-has-to-be-done projects form the list.
A few projects have a hard deadline. A few have a soft deadline and a few are "hopefully someday" projects.
I am really good at making action plans, and I have already identified (most of) the steps necessary to finish the projects. I use Evernote to organize these projects into workflows.
So why aren't they getting done?
Here's what I suspect: I try to work on a little here and there each day. So lets say, I've got 5 projects I'm currently working on. After exercise, work and my day-to-day tasks such as to dos and making dinner, I divide up the remaining day into chunks for each project. But that only leaves like 1.5 hours for each, which I sort of feel like isn't enough time to really get into the "flow" of productivity. I might knock 1-2 items off each project's action list, but I never feel like I'm making a big dent and certainly am not felling any sense of completion.
I am also scheduling pretty much every waking hour of my day, so needless to say, I have little downtime and am often mentally exhausted by the end of the day. Its gotten to the point where I lay awake at night and think about all the things I *didn't* get to that day, and how much more I have to do the next day.
I sort of think it would be better just focus on one project at a time and one project only, working until total completion before moving on to the next. Last night I downloaded a pomodoro-style timer, to help me focus and to also enforce breaks so I at least get a little downtime here and there.
I would appreciate any other tips or advice.