“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein, Born Aug. 25, 1918.
I believe this so hard.
Your plan doesn't need to be immaculate, or even very detailed. I had a five year plan when I went freelance that had only one sentence per year.
It can be a sketch. An outline. Don't overplan, because it will change anyway once you start working it.
And that's part two. How to work it. Once you have a plan, however long you think it will take, do it in HALF that time and stop being a wiener about it.
What else are you doing? Nothing more important.
We are talking about your life's work, here.
We are talking about working for your own self and finding your true fans and becoming awesome with an audience.
Give yourself harsh deadlines and learn to get good at pushing out your best (given the circumstances) at a rate others can't even comprehend.
Because you PRACTICE under PRESSURE. You eventually are effortless in the pocket, juggling chainsaws with ease.
And note: I'm not saying to work harder. I'm saying work smarter. Waste less. Focus more. Pack it in. Cut unnecessary crap. Focus only on the pure gold.
And note also: I'm not saying this is the only way to work, or that you should work this way forever. This is about getting rapid, massive traction. Once you have that, you've earned the right to coast and let your masterpiece ideas marinate a little.
But unless you're already getting what you want out of your work life, your career, your business, or whatever it is – unless it's supporting you and you're making new fans every day no matter what you work on…
Time is wasting.
So… what's your plan? What do you want to do? Write it down. Give yourself a nice, comfy deadline. Then slash that deadline in half. Get to work, wiener.
<!—- lagniappe So I think a valuable extra here would be to talk about how to plan. Then, how to order that plan to trim it down. So then first, start with the ending. What do you want to have when you’re done with the work? Be specific. Next, list the things you need to have in place for that to happen. I find it useful to work backwards here. List out the steps it will take to get from the beginning to the end. Use the minimal amount of detail that you need for you to understand the task. Only get granular if you need it. Now, let’s get to trimming. Look at all the steps - which ones can you skip, or shave off effort and needless detail? Look for things that you can save for a potential “phase 2” after initial completion. Using myself as an example, when I create a new product to sell, I know it needs a way to be delivered, and a way for people to pay me. Very simple steps - very low detail, because I don’t need more than that to get it done. Does it really need fancy graphics or a sales page? Well, since I would need to post in my groups to get people to a sales page anyway, I can skip that, and just promote the purchase link directly. That is an example of trimming off needless effort. If I will take the product and launch it to the public and perhaps allow affiliates to promote it, THEN it needs a pretty sales page. But not at first - not to reach my actual goal. Does that help? Hope so! —->