Yesterday I wrote about the 7 most common mistakes people make when tackling an organising project. You can read that post here.
Top of that list was
Underestimate how long it takes to work through a project
So, how do you avoid that mistake? There are a few steps you can take.
First, be realistic about what’s possible. Consider all the variables like
- your level of commitment
- your ability to make quick decisions
- likely interruptions
- the size of the project
- the complexity of the project
- past success (or not) of other organising projects you’ve undertaken
Now take all that information and calculate a time, including breaks.
Now double that estimate.
Unless you have lots of experience with successful organising projects, it is far better to overestimate than underestimate.
Underestimating leads to frustration, disappointment, a half-finished job and more chaos.
Overestimating leads to time to put your feet up and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Does this ring true for you?