“Singing is like a celebration of oxygen.” – Bjork
You’re engrossed in a mammoth of a project. It’s going to take you something like 2 years to reach completion. The first few months are great.
Then you hit your first plateau. It becomes a mundane and mind-numbing tedium.
What would Jesus do? Party like it’s the second coming! Wohoo!
Now, i’m not suggesting you make celebration a routine too. That one gets old really fast too. But you need to celebrate the milestones. And every once in a while you can throw in a surprise festivity to spice it up.
Why do you need to do this? Because in an environment where the reward is too far away to phathom it’s so easy to become demotivated. It’s like seeing something on the horizon but after walking for 4 hours it’s still in the horizon. Sooner or later you start to look at it as a mirage.
Celebrating waypoints is a good way to acknowledge that you’re making progress while boosting morale. Neglect to do this and you’ll have a mutiny on your hands in no time at all.
This works whether you’re involved in a group venture or if you’re out on your own. I’ve noticed that it’s even easier for us to slip into comfort and “cheating” when we’re alone. There’s no one there to hold us accountable except ourselves.
Like we’ve talked about before, you start to program yourself that it’s OK to not be consistent. Either that or you’ll program yourself into not backing up your statements with actions. This leads to the bullshit artist-phenomena.
If you set deadlines for your milestones that you end up not making, don’t shame yourself. It’s not OK, but just look at which actions prevented you from reaching them. Ask yourself what you can do differently to reach the next milestone within the given timeframe.
Suggestions on things to consider:
- Deadline – Were we being unrealistic or overly optimistic with the time?
- Delegation – Did we divide the areas of responsibility wisely? Right people at the right place? Did we rely on outside sources too much?
- Focus – Did we put our efforts into the right areas? Were we too anal about the details? Were we looking too much at the big picture so that the smaller issues got neglected?
The greatest benefit of this is that you’re actually speeding up the process while having a good time. Get a little, if I may portmanteau, accelebration!
So, no quotes today. I’m just off to have a little…