I’ve learned from years of experience and observation that there’s no “secret” way to tackle a big project. Everyone feels the same way: When you’re asked to move a mountain, your first reflex is, Damn, that’s a lot.
It is, but the people who tackle big projects for a living do it by breaking the whole thing down into smaller bits.
Let’s say I’m asked to literally move a mountain. It’s not a matter of, How am I gonna lift this big-ass mountain? It’s:
- What do you mean by “move”? Can I make a tunnel?
- What’s my budget?
- What are my resources?
- What’s my timeline?
- How do I allocate my budget and resources on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour basis to finish my project on time?
If you work for someone else, the last question is the only one you have to answer yourself. Figure out that equation:
(Budget + Resources) / Timeline = Work required per day to finish on time
Then, you just have to do what has to be done that day. If you can do a day’s work, you can get the project done.