How to Avoid Organising Mistake #1

Yesterday I wrote about the 7 most common mistakes people make when tackling an organising project.  You can read that post here.

Top of that list was

Underestimate how long it takes to work through a project

So, how do you avoid that mistake?  There are a few steps you can take.

First, be realistic about what’s possible.  Consider all the variables like

  • your level of commitment
  • your ability to make quick decisions
  • likely interruptions
  • the size of the project
  • the complexity of the project
  • past success (or not) of other organising projects you’ve undertaken

Now take all that information and calculate a time, including breaks.

Now double that estimate.

Unless you have lots of experience with successful organising projects, it is far better to overestimate than underestimate.

Underestimating leads to frustration, disappointment, a half-finished job and more chaos.

Overestimating leads to time to put your feet up and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Does this ring true for you?

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