Small tasks and big projects equally are important in our day-to-day routine. They additionally have something in common, they have to get done. If you oftentimes wonder what might be the simplest method of getting through your to-do list every day, whether you ought to begin small and then go big, or vice versa, below I'll list some key things you should consider. First off, let us define what a 'big project' entails.
What a big project entails
It either could mean 'difficult', meaning the task will require a greater level of concentration, or it also could mean 'time-consuming,' meaning the job itself isn't difficult to accomplish, you merely require a huge chunk of time that is allocated for just that single task. An additional aspect to battle is boredom, because this kind of task usually is not challenging, it, instead, just needs to get accomplished.
Let us first discuss a big project which is rather challenging. It's the kind of task which will require a greater level of concentration. It naturally would, regardless, take up a huge chunk of your time, because you'd have to concentrate and place all other things aside to focus on this task; as that's the only way you would ever get it accomplished.
Take a Look at Yourself
Next, let us look at yourself. Ask yourself, "When is the strongest point of my day? Is it when I'm freshest, like in the morning? Or am I my best after I have warmed up, usually after around one or two hours into the day or upon tackling a few small projects on my list?" The most strength you possess for the day includes the ideal time for you to deal with big projects. Lastly, what is the nature of the project? Is the big project an independent project which is able to stand on its own, and be accomplished on its own terms?
Or is the task a portion of a chain to complete to yield the final result? If it's an independent project, rearrange the to-do list in order for you to do it when you are at your best. If the project is a portion of a big chain of processes, take time to sit down with the individual who is going to be in charge of the next step and talk about your situation. Explain that the project, as crucial as it is, isn't the only task on your plate. Figure out what their situation is and by placing a deadline into consideration, figure out a situation which might work for both of you. For instance, would it be okay with them if you perform the project at the completion of the day, in order for them to have it back first thing in the morning? Is a two-day turnaround acceptable for the project?
What about larger projects that aren't challenging, but time-consuming?
One word and that is: Delegate. Whatever it is, I am pretty certain your time is worth a lot more than what you'd be spending by outsourcing the project to a professional. But, as delegating isn't a choice, here are two important steps you have to do to get the big project accomplished in the most profitable way possible:
1. Check out the other tasks on the to-do list. Are all assignments on the list equally important, i.e., do all of them possess the same deadlines? As tempting as it may be to begin with the big project, as it probably is the simplest thing to do, don't begin with this one. Begin with your other tasks which have the closest due date.
2. Make a projection of how much time you might need to finish the project. If you cannot complete the project in one day, break the project down into one full-week project (or however long you need). Commit a few hours a day to it, and stick to it. As it's probably simple, or may not require as much concentration or thought and therefore, you enjoy it more, be disciplined with yourself and keep in mind that you have other tasks which are just as important. Remember, there isn't one way which is universally the best as it'll come to time management.