Things we’re thinking about this week:
1. IF IT CAN’T BE DONE IN 6 WEEKS, THE PROJECT IS TOO LARGE
There are tasks (that can be done within the day or over 2-3 days), and there are projects that can take a week or more. Large projects can be overwhelming (and let’s be honest, we would all just procrastinate the first few weeks).
Six weeks means - 1 week to figure out and research if the project is worth doing; 2 weeks to dive deep; 1 week to fix assumptions and make tweaks; 2 weeks to finish everything off.
If you can do it in under 6 weeks, you can take on a bigger challenge. If it needs more than 6 weeks, break down the project into manageable pieces.
Small victories and rewarding work keeps you going.
2. THE FINISH LINE IS CLOSE (AND YOU CAN ABANDON TERRIBLE PROJECTS QUICKLY)
2 weeks is typically enough to figure out something is worth doing or not. 6 weeks allows you to figure out if your assumptions were made too quickly (it happens).
2 weeks in, and you’re only 4 weeks from reaching the finish line - challenging? Yes. Too daunting to continue? Probably not.
6 weeks isn’t even 2 months. You can work (honestly) through 6 weeks.
3. THERE’S NO TIME TO SIT STILL
6 weeks is not a lot of time. If you need to get something done in 6 weeks, you have to move quickly.
6 weeks forces you to move. There’s no time to waste. Thankfully, if you mess up, it was just a 6 week project, you didn’t waste 3-4 months on a project that went no where.
4. A WELL DESERVED BREAK
6 weeks of work, and take a break! You did it, you accomplished something! Just as important as tackling a 6 week project, is taking a 1 week break after.
Work isn’t supposed to be a non-stop slog. 6 weeks make everything (even if you hate it) bearable and manageable.