WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

A friend of mine recently suffered a severe allergic reaction and went into anaphylactic shock, requiring prompt medical attention.

Turns out she is seriously allergic to cats.

The most surprising fact was this:  she’s been living with a cat in her home for many years, despite her allergy.

In fact, her in-laws were the ones who knowingly gave her the cat.

Talk about self-sabotage. Usually it’s on a smaller scale, like going on a diet and stashing a bag of chips in the cupboard just to test your willpower.

Procrastination is another form of sabotage. In fact, just this morning I sat down at my computer with the intent of finishing this post, and became involved in something else, instead.

Has this ever happened to you?

Perhaps you’ve even sabotaged your design efforts.

If this sounds familiar, and you’ve gotten stuck, here are 6 sure-fire tips for keeping your project moving forward:

Avoid Procrastination

This is easier said, than done, I know.

It can be so easy to procrastinate, and we all do it. Yet allowing yourself to become focused on other things, instead of the project at hand, doesn’t serve you or anyone else.

When you find yourself procrastinating, stop and ask why? Is there something about the project that just isn’t sitting right with you, and you don’t know how to handle it?

Ignoring the issues doesn’t resolve a thing. If you need a second opinion, or are simply in a rut, it’s OK to ask for help.

Do not let yourself get overwhelmed.

Be Decisive

Being indecisive can bring your project to a standstill.

Once again, understanding the why behind your actions may help you  to move forward. Are you unable to focus because you are tired, or hungry? Are you afraid of making a mistake?

When faced with an important decision, pay close attention to your gut reaction.

In other words, if your answer isn’t an emphatic “Yes” (as in ‘Hell, Yes’) then accept that it’s a “no.”

Then move on.

Avoid Changing Your Mind

Changing your mind is the flip side of being indecisive.

Whereas the latter can stall your project, a change of mind can throw everyone for a loop and cause your budget to sky-rocket, just when you were trying to hold it in check.

This is probably not what you intended. It’s best to be really clear about where you’re going, before you even begin.

Get Clear

This may seem simplistic, but if you are not really clear about the scope of your project, it will likely progress in fits and starts, or be side-railed when you come up with a new idea.

To borrow another phrase, ‘You need to know where you are going before you can get there’.

This means getting rid of things, or ideas, that don’t align with your goals.

Establish a Time Line

Having a time-line will not only help to keep your project on track, it will also keep your Budget in check.

Think about it this way:  if you give yourself an unlimited amount of time to complete your project, there will be little incentive to make prompt decisions. There may also be little incentive to get clear, because – hey – you can always change your mind, if you feel like it.

That’s exactly what you DON’T want.

Even if you’re not up against a deadline, go ahead and set a completion date. Giving yourself a Goal is another way of holding yourself accountable.

Hire Outside Help

If you are really fearful of making a mistake, or just plain stuck, then by all means consider hiring outside help.

Keep in mind that a professional designer, or organizer, or anyone who is expert at their craft, will save you time, money and the headache of having to deal with everything yourself.

Plus, these experts will hold you accountable, especially when project delays start to affect the bottom line.

Bottom line:  If you are sabotaging your efforts on a regular basis, then it may be time to step back and re-assess. Your project will not move forward until you do.