Do you have a task that is looming out there, that you just can’t seem to get done?
I do, and it is a big one… I need to get pictures in photo albums before the containers of photo printouts take over my room. (Or the saved photos from my digital camera take over all the memory on my laptop computer.)
I have plans to get these pictures put in albums. Some plans involve working on photo albums an hour each day. Other plans involve scrapbooking marathons. In the end though, I just get overwhelmed because it seems like such an insurmountable task.
My Final Plan To Get Photos In A Photo Album
As you can tell, I have had a variety of schemes to get this task accomplished. So far, nothing has really worked, although I have gotten some albums accomplished here and there. Part of the problem with getting my photo albums done is that it is such a hassle to pull all the scrapbooking materials out and then put them all away again. Therefore, part of my plan needs to include removing the ‘setup’ and ‘put away’ roadblock. This can be accomplished this summer when the kids don’t have school and won’t need to inhabit our home office to do homework. I can then set up and leave out all my scrapbooking tools, and I can just pop in when I have a spare 30 minutes or something. Besides organizing my pictures, I need to dig up a Scan Cafe Coupon and get my old ultrasound pictures scanned. I have been meaning to do this forever, and I hope I am not too late. Ultrasound picture quality may be better now with new technology, but the pictures taken when I was pregnant in the 1990s fade very quickly.
I recognize that I probably cannot get all my pictures organized and in an album by the end of the summer. However, I do plan on committing 10 hours a week to the task, and see how far I can get. I am going to use the following tips as a guideline to create my ‘photo project plan’:
Tips For Accomplishing Big Tasks
- Remove obstacles to success. In my case, it is making sure I have a space to do my work that I can leave out for awhile. Just knowing all the setup and cleanup I had to do when working on photo albums was a big deterrent for me. What obstacles are in your way of accomplishing a big task? This may require some thought.
- Get the whole family (and/or friends) involved. I play on enlisting my daughter to help with some of the cutting and arranging of the pictures. However, many large tasks can be done with the help of everyone. For example, we need to get our driveway and garage floor replaced. That will require removing everything from our garage. That is a monumental task. However, with 5 people sharing the work, it will be much more manageable. Always think of ways you can use the help of others so a task does not seem as overwhelming.
- Get the most difficult or dreaded part of the task done first. If the worst part of a project is accomplished, you may not dread resuming the project again later. Getting something done that has been nagging at your provides such a great sense of accomplishment and can be a huge motivator.
- Break the project down into pieces that make the most sense.
- Set a schedule to accomplish the project, piece by piece.
- Create a reward system that will motivate you to get the job done. Maybe pre-order a Netflix movie that you have been wanting to see, and wait to watch it until a certain goal for the project has been met.
- When the project is complete, devise a plan to keep the end result well maintained. That way, another ‘big project’ will not be created all over again in the future.
I will share my detailed plan for organizing and putting my photos into albums once I think it all through.
Do you have any additional tips for tackling big projects? What is the biggest project you have ever successfully completed?