I am so excited to have Reina & Co. as a guest on the blog today! Reina is a business and life coach who I had the absolute pleasure of working with last year -one of the biggest things she taught me was how to tackle my humongous, scary, overwhelming (Some of my projects feel pretty lofty!), whopper projects, and make them manageable! Since she had made such a huge impact on me, I knew I had to share a bit of her wisdom with you! I asked Reina if she could share her insight on creating a plan to tackle those big projects!
Take it away, Reina!
You have a BIG WHOPPIN dream. It looks amazing and it is beautiful to think about. Maybe you want to have a storefront for your stationery. Maybe you want to go from photographing families to shooting beautiful weddings. Maybe you want to write a book.
But then you look up, come to your senses and realize it’s really freaking scary. And your immediate next response is… NOPE NOPE NOPE. That’s scary and we’re not touching that right now. But days or minutes later, you go back to that dream. It’s a cycle and it won’t stop!
Here’s the thing. If you’re a creative and your normal MO is that you have amazing big ideas but you spin your wheels because you don’t even know how to get to that thing you want, you’re totally normal. And actually, I personally envy you because it takes me a TON of emotional and mental energy to think BIG.
We can help you to take action on your dreams, to pinpoint what the most important steps are so you can have a clear path to your dream.
Creating a Crystal Clear Project Plan
You have two roles in the Crystal Clear Project Plan.
- One is the expert in what you want to offer. So, if you’re a graphic designer, your expertise is in design.
- The other role is one you might not be comfortable in or are used to doing, but through this method, we’ll teach you to be a better project manager.
Whenever you have a big dream idea, follow these steps. What’s the FIRST THING you need to do in order to start taking action on your dreams…?
Braindump. There are a bunch of random ideas and thoughts floating around your head right this moment and it’s depleting your creative and productive reserve. Spend 3 minutes with a pen and paper and jot down EVERYTHING. Pour it out on paper.
Name the thing you want. Get clear on what it is you want and name that goal. If it’s to write a book, say it out loud, “I am going to be a published author.” Own your dream and your brain will catch up with what you’ve been wanting.
Do a mindmap of the project. For example, if you are working toward writing a book, what are the big “pieces” of the book writing and publishing process?
Decide on the Stages of your project. Each of the bigger circles on the outside (ex: Brainstorm + Research the topic) are the stages of your topic. It requires several steps in order to be considered complete. It’s like having an outline or having a table of contents in a book. List out the Stages into a tool like Asana or Trello.
Assess your resources. Figure out what human resources (your time), financial resources, information, you’ll need to complete the project. Without a clear idea of how much you need to dedicate to a project is one of the major reasons creatives don’t finish projects.
Parce out the Substeps. Going back to that example of the book writing, you need to create smaller steps in order to achieve each stage of your project. One of your substeps might look like, “write a draft of chapter 1.” In your project management tool you started using in Step 4, write out the smaller substeps. Knowing what you know about the time you’re able to allocate (from Step 5,) assign yourself realistic deadlines with a buffer. You want to make sure you overestimate how much time it will take for you to accomplish something.
Having a plan is crucial in accomplishing goals you want to achieve. Even if it’s a pie in the sky idea, it can be done with proper planning and execution. I’m happy to cheer you on through this Crystal Clear Project plan! If this is something you might want extra help with, I’ll be hosting a Challenge to help you take action soon in the Heart Centered Biz Bosses FB Community that I host! Please join us here!
I’m the founder of the Life + Biz Success Coaching Practice at Reina + Co. I help ambitious, creative bosses who have a million great ideas that the can’t seem to make happen. I help them stop spinning their wheels and take action on what’s most important so they become the go-to expert in their field.
I’m a former Social Worker and a Psychology major and have a slight obsession with connecting with people and creating results – back in the day, I also owned a wedding planning business before I realized how much I loved to help creatives. I believe that entrepreneurs wear more than one hat at a time and it’s important to discuss how each role influences business and life in order to achieve maximum success, whatever that looks like for you.