Think Ahead

When you take on a project, how many people do you think you need to include on that project? I recently had a conversation with someone who didn’t remember to include important people in a project he undertook. He realized his error only when others informed him they didn’t appreciate their exclusion from the loop. He needed them to fulfill aspects of the project, and it evaded him that he would need their support. Unfortunately, I’ve seen it happen too many times, and we are all guilty of it at different points in our lives.

I started thinking of different ways to help other people and myself think ahead about various projects and what those projects involve. Anytime I start taking on a project now, I ask myself who will be involved with what I’m about to undertake. Is this project only going to affect me, or will it affect others, and if it affects other people, how? Not every project that we undertake involves thinking through things like this, but when you have people who work together to meet a common goal and take on a part, you need to figure out if the amount you’re taking on will affect them. I can tell you from experience that communication is essential when doing projects that involve other people. You might expect other people are willing to take on more responsibility. That kind of logic causes resentment and tension.

I saw a tip that said to create a not-to-do list.  I think it’s a wise decision because if you make a don’t do list; you can look at what needs doing. Those decisions can help you establish a routine and set time for yourself. These two are essential because if you’re selecting a pattern, you get in the habit of doing things for a particular project. It’s wise because your time management allows you to have the time for that project and still have time to do other things.

I also think that working on side projects is innovative because it keeps your focus sharper. When we work on side jobs, we allow ourselves to continue to grow and experience new opportunities. Sometimes that can be the difference between succeeding and failing. But when we are achieving, we need to remember to celebrate those small wins. Because when we realize and recognize the projects that we undertake are doing good in the long run for any aspect of our lives, we can take that information and build on it.

Another tip I found was not to act before you’re ready. I can see the point because if you start something and half-ass it, it will not be correct. You want to make sure that any project you take on, you give your all two because number one, you never know who’s going to pay attention, and number 2, you have no clue who it’s going to affect in the long run.

Never assume you know what your people want and need. This point is valid in business and personal lives. All of us know what assume broken down means. Assuming is one of the most dangerous things that any of us can do because we don’t process how our decisions could affect other people. You may read something one way, and somebody else read it in a different manner or context. You may do something with the simplest gestures and think you did something good when someone else was offended. I set out coffee for a friend on a trip one time, and I thought I was making a nice gesture, and she was a horse’s ass. she was offended. I set something up for her, and in her mind, it was like I didn’t think she could do it. That was never my intention because I just wanted to thank her for the nice things she had done for me. I assumed, and that was my error.

Last but not least, do not expect social validation and comfort.  I am so tired of doing things for people I care for, but I care for and feel like others take me for granted. But I also don’t expect them to acknowledge anything that I do to other people. It would be very nice to hear a thank you on occasion or something that or something that they genuinely appreciate instead of feeling like the expectation is that the issue is that lake will always do seven not have to reciprocate anything down the road. If you do anything for other people, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Do things because you want to do them, not because you expect people to be grateful for the actions that you give. You’ll never change everyone else, but you can change your mindset and how you approach situations.

I hope this day brings each of you great opportunities, lots of kindness and generosity, and above all, chances for you to show what you can get to anything you do. Thinking ahead assures you that you’re covering your bases, conveying your willingness to put others first. Have a great day, everyone.

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