Time management tips can trigger startling discoveries – insights that help you put a paralyzed project back on track. You can identify unacknowledged concerns, for example, that create roadblocks.
This detective work can be hugely beneficial. If you invest a few minutes to assess upcoming challenges, you can reap hours’ worth of benefits. Do you fully welcome the increased demands that a successful outcome might bring? Don’t let ambivalence slow you down. You can keep it from undermining your best efforts, and from undercutting others’ trust in you.
Here are 3 Proven Strategies to Move You Forward:
1. If you’re jammed mid-project, rethink your goals.
Getting stuck may be a signal that you have overburdened your project with inflated ambitions. Succeeding and failing might seem equally undesirable! And in no-win situations, procrastination flourishes.
So jot down your goals very honestly. Could you be trying to make up for past missteps? If so, let them be. Are you straining to score symbolic victories that carry hidden costs? Find a better way to resolve unfinished business. And if you are competing with anyone, use compassion to set yourself free. Once goals are reasonable, progress tends to resume.
2. Avoid self-sabotage by making success safe.
As surprising as it seems, sometimes staying stuck is self-protection. What if success raises the bar way too high? You need to know you can choose to work within your comfort zone as you assume more responsibility.
Develop assertive strengths to negotiate the terms of your success. Once you feel confident that you can exercise positive control over the outcome, you can wholeheartedly work to complete your project.
3. Risking burnout? Sometimes one step back creates two steps forward.
When you’re seriously stuck, backing up may help you reach your destination faster. Factor in time to periodically reassess and correct your course. This enhances flexibility, humility and self-esteem.
Take a quick but restorative break any time you need to create an objective overview of your project. Then examine whether you would benefit by incorporating new information, or by requesting the opinion of a trusted colleague with a fresh perspective. You not only keep your projects on track. You also clarify your priorities so you can fully own and build upon your success!
What is your next step to energize your projects and take control of your time?© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.