A System to Build (Almost) Any Project

Making “just start already!” easier

After my last post on Medium, on the book The War of Art and getting started on something, instead of procrastinating, I have since had several personal projects I didn’t see the end of. This proves writing and doing are two different things and I feel I owe you a follow up.

This article is for myself and everyone like me who is very good at starting projects, but is having a harder time continuing the work.

1. Mapping where you & your project are right now
2. Setting the direction & outcome where you want to be
3. Structure & plan how you’re going to get there
4. What you have to do to get there & how to do it
5. Reflect on whether you got there, or not yet

The structure helps me to be as creative and still as flexible as I want to be. Determining per individual project how much time I need for each point, filling in the exercises and adding tools to make it personalized to each project.

Where to start?

At the start.. Mapping out the big picture by creating a clear view of what you’re working on. This has two parts: your project, and you.

Where do we want to be?

We’re working on systems rather than goals. Which means we stop the dreaming right after this step and get to reality next, focusing on here and now, disconnecting ourselves from the end result.

Let’s find a balance in:
Time spent consciously working on what you genuinely want & time spent being on autopilot, repeating the past.

How do we get there?

Breaking up the daunting big goal into smaller, short term actions and finding the right motivation and inspiration to complete them. And remember, this part is all about where you are, rather than where you want to be. Everything we do during the program is aimed at uncovering what is already there. Your mentor and the tools we use are just here to facilitate that. You already know your values, your why and your mission. We just use that and do something we call You+1.

Ask: What is currently happening in my life that prompts me to make a decision & take action?

Then: Simply build on top of that..

Do your best +1, rather than +1000. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, it’s the realization where gets to be difficult. We often want too much, too fast. I know I do. And I must not be alone in this…

Create a reusable, repeatable system for yourself

Systems exist to keep daily work tasks organized, efficient, and streamlined. Plus it’s structured to keep everyone involved on the same page as to how things get done. Determine the specific activities you’re aiming to systemize and create your own procrastination-proof method for completing it.

From a project to the start of your new life

With programs like these, like any new course, accelerator, or workshop, the work often simmers down. Even with this program, which is a small amount of time for a lot of work to be done, it’s still wasted time if we don’t plan for it to continue.

And repeat..

Once you have a system in place, it doesn’t have to be perfect, or even great, yet. You can repeat the process until it’s at a good place. I have done this process a lot now and each time I do, I basically start with a brand new file, or design ‘from scratch’, but with the experience of the previous trial.

  • I create a personalized curriculum to work on together
  • We start the program, or any other workshop needed in your case.
  • Together we plan the next steps and when/how works best for you.

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Robin van Wijk

Robin van Wijk

Working with, learning and teaching new ways of working