I often see talented professionals who suffer from the “I’m not good enough” syndrome.
They definitely know their stuff, yet, with every new project, they get unnecessarily stressed-out, end up doing way more work than they need to do and compromise their family and leisure time.
What an unnecessary waste!
If this sounds like you, then I have good news for you – there is another way.
How would you like to:
- Use your time effectively to do great work AND enjoy other aspects of your life.
- Get better outcomes for you and your stakeholders because you have been able to stand back from the problem, get perspective and a BIG picture solution.
- Have an overall calmer demeanor which you AND your clients will love.
It that sounds good – give this a go:
The next time you’re beating yourself up on a project, pull out these 4 tips and apply them to your situation. I guarantee that you will have more clarity, be more in tune and feel better about your self and the work you have to do.
- Look at foundational documentation.
Review the initial proposal or project plan for the project you are working on. What are the timeframes, scope and the expected outcomes for the project – what can you realistically do within your remaining timeframe to get the proposed outcome?
- Trust the process.
In most cases, when we have been committed to complete a body of work we have agreed to a series of activities which officially or unofficially form a process that will enable us to complete the work we need to do. This process is our friend so, when you don’t know what to do, use the process: have you completed each activity? What activity comes next? This will help you to refocus.
- Pay attention to your self-talk.
Notice what you tell yourself about the project and your role in it. If you can, rephrase any statements that are non-productive to something that will help you move forward (no-productive statements are usually the voice of fear who’s role it is to keep you safe and inside your comfort zone).
- Be 80/20 about it.
Make sure you are getting the biggest return on the time spent on each activity that you do. You can measure this by assessing how much closer each activity takes you to completing the proposed body of work.
I hope you’ll have a go because these tips have served and continue to serve me well.
Good luck and remember that ultimately, you are the only one who can look after yourself…it’s a choice.