Advice on new project starting

There comes a point in the life of almost every project where it is nearly completed. The planning, creativity, excitement of something new and the interest of the initial stages are over. Perhaps the challenges have been successfully mastered and all that remains is the final wrapping up and cleaning up of the details. During those times it is extremely tempting to jump headlong into a new project. You may think it will relieve the boredom, add the anticipation back into your days and be able to get even more projects completed.

However, you will find that you will be much more effective in your work and in your personal life as well if you make a point of completing one project before beginning the next one. There are a number of reasons why this is so. First, it leads orderly thinking. If you routinely practice the philosophy of tasks having a beginning, middle and an end, your planning phase of the project will be more accurate. Planning a project is as much as learning experience as actually completing the project, and you will find it to be good experience as well as more efficient to build in all three parts of the project. It is even more important to have each part of the project function in an orderly fashion.

Completing one task before beginning the next helps you to stay focused on your final goal. While creative thinking and planning may be done while also doing a routine manual task, it is also true that often the final stages of a project may be the most important ones, because that is where the learning part of the project occurs. That is where loose ends are neatly tied and conclusions drawn. It is also the part of a project where one learns and quantifies and determines how such a project might be done differently or better in the future. It’s important to stay focused on the current project through the end times as well as the beginning and middle portions of the task.

Related to staying focused by performing one job at a time is the issue of procrastination. If you allow yourself to put off the completion of any portion of the task, regardless of whether or not you enjoy doing it, you are training your brain in negative habits. Procrastination is a difficult habit to rid oneself of. If you consistently start out strong on a project, manage to complete the middle portions with only minor delays, but then fade on the end, perhaps completing it in a slipshod manner or not at all, you will soon gain a reputation as someone who can’t be trusted to follow through. This can be annoying at best to someone waiting on your completed project, and can be absolutely disastrous to a career. A task not completed is a task that might as well not have been started.

Finally, it’s important not to start a new project before completing the old one, because you need the experience of shutting down the lines of thought and action that you’ve developed to move the first project through to completion. You would not take a ferry boat across the river and then not tie it up on the far side. It is the mental securing of the boat on the distant side of the river that will allow you to continue your journey effectively.


  1. Kava says:

    well, there are people who know and are good at multitasking, but trust me, it takes time to be good at time management as well !!!!

  2. Kava says:

    I will post new stuff in the future on procrastination because that is a big problem with many people, sorry !

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