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Got a Big Project? Don’t Stress—Do What the Experts Do

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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.

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