Whether you are a project manager, a student, or a hobbyist, finishing a project can quickly morph from a mission full of golden potential into a swampy marsh of shattered plans. My plan is to go over what I, and many others, consider the top 5 reasons your project isn't going as well as planned. Today's post will be a brief overview and in the upcoming weeks I will cover each topic in detail. I'll provide proven methods for getting your project out of quicksand and back on the runway.
So without further ado, here are the Top 5 Reasons Your Project Isn't Finished.
5.You've lost all motivation. Similar to The Righteous Brother's "You've lost that loving feeling", many projects fall by the wayside because after the initial excitement of a new endeavor wears off it's hard to keep up the enthusiasm. Next week I will cover the most commons reasons for losing motivation, as well as the ways to overcome those obstacles. But in the mean time, here's a link to one minute of Shia Labeouf providing encouragement.
4. You're distracted by other tasks. In a perfect world you would be able concentrate on a single project with clearly defined tasks that all need to be completed in a sequential order. Unfortunately, this is a very rare occurence. Almost as rare as an albino giraffe.
3. You're waiting on the right resources. Whether it is funding, personnel, or resources, there are ways to expedite getting the resources you need to finish your project. But the best case scenario is to plan ahead and avoid stalling out midway though.
2. You're paralyzed by options. Don't be that girl in The Notebook. It's easy to put off making hard decisions because you are afraid that you may end up picking the wrong path.
1. Your plan has gone to S#$@! It happens. Even the best project manager, regardless of intense planning and risk mitigation, runs into problems during a project. The good news is that ever since the Industrial Revolution, humans have been messing up projects, making adjustments, then conquering their goals.