I have an idea for a project that I am really excited about. It’s ambitious, it could make a real difference in the world and as far as I know hasn’t been done before.
It’s definitely out of my depth and I don’t know yet whether or not it’s actually something that I’m able to do. It’s also risky with a high chance of failure and could be copied by someone else which has made me reluctant to approach other organisations.
Yet, I want to do it anyway. I know however with projects like this that it is hard to pull the trigger and devote myself entirely to it because there is a fear that it won’t work out.
That’s why for the next week this project is all I will be working on. Literally. No other side project or any other work will be done for 7 whole days so if I don’t feel like working on this project then nothing gets done.
This is also the only opportunity I’m going to give myself for this project. If after a week I haven’t managed to make any progress then that will be it. The idea will go on the back-burner and I move onto something else, failing fast.
If after one week however I have made real, tangible progress that demonstrates clearly to me that this could be successful then I know this is something that I can focus on and continue to pursue.
One big advantage is of this is I will have no fear when it comes to sharing my ideas with potential partners because I won’t allow myself to continue with it anyway unless I make progress, and in order to make any progress I need to share it and risk it being copied.
It also means that I have to focus on real work and prioritise the things that matter. Sure I could start a Facebook account for it or design a fancy logo but with just a week things like this that won’t help me to get closer to progress no longer seem like good uses of my time. This idea is based on the Pareto Principle suggesting that 20% of the effort leads to 80% of the results. This week will be full of that 20% work.
7 days or 168 hours. The project starts now.