My rule of thumb in work, especially as a consultant is to manage huge projects in simplified stages.

This was an idea after seeing how smaller, more detailed projects are carried out. When there are many people, ideas, initiatives, and specialties revolving around a marketing plan (or whatever massive plan you are working on) try and segment as such.

Ideate--create all of the necessary scenarios and options your situation involves. Make a plan to achieve your benchmarks and express yourself completely.

Dedicate--each individual working on this project knows their limitations. They also know what the goals are. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to do little tasks while keeping the bigger picture in mind. Keep the team on track.

Elevate--it's not easy completing projects from scratch. It's in our human nature to become invested in our work and feel the emotional tugs that a project's tumultuous "peaks and pitfalls" ultimately brings. Make sure to keep everyone motivated.

Appreciate--making it to the end of a long and detailed project require a lot of flexibility and honesty with yourself and your team. More strengths and weaknesses get recognized as work happens and it's important to remember the good that people do more than the bad or inconvenient. Make your team feel worthy.

Where to Start?

Knowing where to start may be the hardest idea to think about.  Many times we can see where we want to be, but do not know where the ignition switch is. Usually it is hidden right underneath our anxiety or inside the vault of a peer's mind, but to find it we must relax. 

On so many occasions I can see myself a year or two from now and what I want to be doing. My past times typically turn into my career and new past times arise. I have never had a set hobby list except for exercise and books. If I could eat, run, and read all day every day I believe I would. And yet, it is obvious to say, but this is not a way to make a living. 

So, I typically find myself laying around-burnt out-wondering how to get to where I see myself, and I see that a lot of people feel the same. 


First, relax. It has taken me years to learn that slowing down and even stepping away is a good thing. I have tons of energy and usually exert myself like a hummingbird. Always in motion, inertia carrying me around, and if I stop, I die. Many people today work like this. Trying to see where to fit in and find the next project, the next idea, or the next business. What we fail to see while moving so quickly is that everything else is moving around us all the same.

Whizzing and spinning almost on the brink of implosion and all dedicated to the same train of thought. Stopping and noticing the craziness is the best way to really see what you want and where to start.  A majority of us see what others are doing and wish to mimic that pattern. We may believe that we are pioneering a new way, but it is only when we take our unique position on that pattern does it become a new invention. To find out what your position is on whatever you wish to do you must slow down.


Second, set dates. I have had LOTS of projects on the back burner. Always telling myself that I need one more thing before I could work on the big stuff. That is me lying to myself. And when I see those big projects now (5 months into 2014) I feel terrible. I have not treated those projects with the attention and care that they deserves because they ARE my starting pieces. They ARE my ignition switches. 

I have now set dates for each project: my new website and my video series. These two projects will be my babies for the next month. I will work an hour in the morning and two at night on them plus all my note jotting. I want to create things and these projects will be  my great place to start.

Creating is the most effective way to truly find what you want and to get there. I can dream all day long about traveling and meeting new people, but if I stay in my house contemplating various ways to travel then I am missing the point. 


Put down your mind maps. Put down your "brainstorming" hours. Create. Build. Destroy. Rebuild.