The ultimate guide to completing a project successfully
Today we welcome guest blogger Cherelle Dwyer.
Cherelle is an active marketing manager, who is passionate about being organised. In addition to progressing in her career, Cherelle’s aim is to help young professionals who also have a desire to achieve more by being organised and understanding the importance of organisation. Cherelle shares her tips about being organised on her blog www.DwyerCM.com hoping the benefits of being well-organised are vibrant.
My passion for organisation
My passion for organisation fuels mainly from my desire of wanting to become better at what I do. Throughout many project-oriented experiences in my life, whether it be university coursework or deadlines at work, I realised for me to achieve any of my goals on time, I need to be organised, SERIOUSLY organised! To be honest, I must emphasise the importance of how organisation can really determine the difference between top quality results rather than just a completed project.
Throughout my career I have been a part of many exciting projects from organising events across the UK, exhibitions in Germany and New York to running marketing campaigns in stores throughout Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. When I think back on these projects and how fast paced things were, I would have struggled completing them if did not stay organised.
This article is for those who want to learn the best processes to use when starting a new project, making sure it is completed to a high-quality standard. It will provide you with the confidence to achieve your goals whilst at the same time learning key factors/traits on how to improve your productivity.
Starting a new project can be daunting
Starting a new project, especially one you haven’t done before can be really daunting if you do not have a clear path to guide you. But don’t be disheartened, you can only get better through experience as long as you have a goal you are focused on. These are some key steps that I find essential whenever I begin a new project and need to stay organised, I hope you find them helpful.
Top Tip 1: SET YOUR GOAL
When starting a new project, the first thing you need to have is a mission.
For the project to be true success, you need to have an aim and a focus. It also helps if you make your mission exciting and meaningful, that way you’ll want to want to work on it and you will see it to the end.
Top Tip 2: CREATE YOUR STRATEGY
Now your mission is set take some time to think about how you are going to make it possible.
One of the easiest ways to set your strategy is to write down all of the questions you have regarding the project and then piece them together in order of what will need to complete first.
This way you will be able to figure out where you need to start and what needs to get done.
Some key topics you will need to include is your budget for the project and the deadlines. Also have a think about whether you will need any extra resources such as individuals who have specific skills, special tools or software you might need to complete the project.
Top Tip 3: DO YOUR RESEARCH
You should now have a list of tasks that will need to be finished so you can complete your project. Begin to research each of these steps. Start by finding out what others have done in the past and the realistic budgets you will need to complete each task. Once complete you will have an accurate expectation of what you can achieve and the resources you will need.
It’s ok to adjust your strategy slightly with the new information you now have.
Top Tip 4: MONITOR YOUR PROGRESS
To ensure you finish the project to plan, you need to continuously monitor your progress and have an awareness on what is coming up next so you are always prepared. Establish a dedicated time every week to do this. Also give yourself deadlines for the tasks you set to add a little pressure.
Top Tip 5: REVIEW YOUR PROJECT
You have worked very hard, but it was worth it! The day has finally arrived, and you have successfully finished your project! It feels so good! Especially when everything has gone to plan.
However, there is ALWAYS room for improvement. The end of a project is a good time to reflect on your strategy. Have a think about how you could have used your budget better, saved time or done anything differently to of had a better outcome.
How would you use onits to manage and complete your project? Do you struggle to create a plan, or fail to manage tasks effectively, and feel you could have benefited from better organisation or do your projects always complete on time, to specification and within budget?
We’d love to hear how you ensure your projects are a success.
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