I've just recently finished off a big project that I've had going for over a year.It feels good.It feels really good.It feels good to be done. It feels good to be able to think about other things. It feels good to not have that nagging project saying, "I'm still not done yet." It feels good to say that I finished it.With that momentum, I'm going to carry on trucking right through into the next project I have lined up. Riding this wave of momentum I can get a big chunk of the next project done.That wave isn't going to last forever though and so I've taken steps to work times into my day where I focus on the project. Building the habits and routine around getting the work done is so important for big projects. Little things can be completed with a wave of inspiration and initial momentum. Big things need more than that. They need structure, a framework to get work done on a regular basis. Creating that structure has been a big struggle for me over the last year. I'm finally understanding how important it is. When something can't be completed in a day, it something to help. The longer it takes the more important the structure is.With completing this project I've learned about structure for big projects. I've also learned how important it is to ignore shiny new things. Those shiny things are a curse to big projects. They offer the warm-fuzzy short term satisfaction that a big project just doesn't give. They also suck, drain, rip and tear all your free time until it's non-existent. You can say so long to that awesome big project with all those little shiny things around.Slow and steady should be the name of the game for big projects, not the adrenaline rush of small shiny things.
Sometimes I catch myself rushing through things. Rushing through work. Rushing through plans with friends. Rushing through working out. Rushing through talking.Why?Why am I rushing? Where am I rushing to get to? Why am I trying to hurry through what I'm doing?I'm not sure.It takes a lot to even realize I'm rushing. My muscles are tight. I'm focused intently on what I'm doing. Yes, it gets my current task done faster but why does it need to be done faster? And how much does the quality suffer when I rush? How much does my stress level increase when I rush?Rushing isn't sustainable. It's not slow and steady. It's a spring. It increases stress. It decreases quality.I'm trying to slow down more now. Smell the flowers a bit. Enjoy the scenery.The downside is that I feel like I have less time to do things. The benefit to that is that I only have time to do important things.