Weekly Updates - Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

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If doing good work was easy, everyone would do it (why wouldn’t they?). If anyone could do that job that you’re doing, then someone else would be doing it (or someone else would be assigned to it). You’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing because you’re the only one that can do the thing you do, the way you do it.

Thankfully, you can do it. Right?

Weekly Updates - Give Me 6 Weeks

Things we’re thinking about this week:

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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.

Weekly Updates - What if we made no promises?

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It seems super easy, but follow though can be tough. Sometimes, simple tasks just get derailed. You could have the best intentions, but life (inevitably) gets in the way.

Honesty is a good way to get through things (and in most cases people/clients are OK with a slight delay - some might even have been expecting it in the first place). But what if we flipped it on its head entirely? What if we made zero promises?

Promises lead to expectations. Sometimes these are important (e.g. in bottlenecks where one task can’t start until another is completed). But what if you’re just creating from scratch and moving towards an overall goal?

If we take a step back, sometimes we realise that we create our own arbitrary guidelines and goals. We put these in place to keep us on task (and hopefully finish earlier than expected). However, with repetition, we put safeguards and buffers in place - it’s just who we are (everybody who puts 2 extra alarms and use the snooze function every day).

If we just did the work to its natural conclusion, maybe we would end with a better result (or maybe not). The idea here is that we need to look at what we’re promising and why. If it doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t make sense - sometimes it doesn’t have to. It also sets yourself up from disappointing someone.