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Nothing Worth Doing Is Easy

Posted by Josh Patrick

some assembly required resized 600I know that you know this on least at some level.  Then why is it that we want to always find the easy way of doing something?

We confuse easy with simple.

I think this happens all of the time.  When we start a project it looks like it’s a pretty simple thing to do.  We get started and magically find out our project has more steps than we thought.  We end up confusing simple for detailed.

I think there are several things that cause this.  One of the biggies is we don’t take time to plan projects before we start them.  We just get started and before we know it, it’s a lot more complicated than we thought.

Many times new projects require that you develop systems.  Systems take time to develop.  Systems take time to debug.  We almost never factor time in to debug the systems that we’re developing.

We think that maybe this time we can really skip steps.

Just this one time, I know I can skip this step.  Have you ever thought this?  If so, you know what the result was.  You ended up getting stuck and the only way to get unstuck is to go back and start from square one.

I know that when this happens to me I often just quit my project.  If I plan for all the steps that are going to happen I’m not disappointed.  I know how much work that has to be done and am prepared for it.

Sometimes it just seems to be really hard.

You know that saying, “if it was easy, everyone would do it.”  I also think we often confuse hard for time consuming. 

I know that almost every project I’ve ever started on takes more time than I think.  Have you ever designed a new website for your company?  I bet it took a lot longer than you thought it would.

We shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

How many times have you answered the question why before you’ve started on a project?  I know you’re probably getting tired of hearing me talk about why, but it really is the key to successful projects.

If you don’t know why you’re doing something and the project gets hard or complicated you might easily give up.  If you’ve answered why then you’re not going to give up, you’re going to complete the project.  Answering the question why just saves you time and effort.

I did some work several years ago with an electrical contractor that had incredible profits.  The reason he did so well was that every job was planned before they started.  When you think about it this makes sense.  Do you plan before you start?  If you don’t, then you’re probably going to find that your projects are much harder than they need to be.

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