I like to use my monthly planner to take backwards steps to complete a project. Do you?
I call this process “back dating” and I’ve been doing it for a long time – since at least my university days – and it is easily applied to different contexts. It’s an essential project management skill, and I believe no one should leave high school without learning it!
In today’s post, I’m actually going to take you through the process, using a real example from my life – since we’re hosting Easter dinner at my house in two weeks, I really needed to map it out! So you’ll get to see and hear me use a monthly planning calendar (like I talked about in Are You Ready to Start Taming Your Time Trolls?) to plan and back date this “event.”
- start by adding the event date or project end date to your calendar
- fill in any other commitments you have between now and that date
- create deadlines for yourself for tasks you need to accomplish
- make a “to do” list or task list as you go so you don’t forget
- be sure to prioritize what is most important
- if you can choose the due date or event date, be sure to leave yourself enough time!