Successfully Completed Projects…Not!


Have you ever felt like you have a lot of ideas for projects you’d like to do, but ultimately fail to implement them? In reality, most people start only a few of their projects and complete even fewer of them fully and successfully. If you look around on Medium, for example, it seems like people have hundreds of ideas and implement them all right away. For example, I have shown you numerous completed projects like the ones below.

However, maybe you know the opposite, that you don’t start the project because you lack motivation or you don’t know where to start. Maybe you don’t follow through with the project because it’s too difficult or too much work, or because you can’t devote the time to it. Or maybe you’ve started the project, but you don’t have enough knowledge to complete it successfully.

Everyone knows this feeling and it doesn’t matter what subject area you are in. No matter if a software developer is developing new programs, a craftsman is assembling something new in his workshop, a blogger is writing a new article or like me is doing projects with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or similar. Again and again, you find that there are projects that you don’t complete for a variety of reasons.

But how can you counteract this problem? How can you make sure that you don’t just keep your ideas for projects in your head, but implement them? The answer for me is:

Prioritize and think about what you enjoy doing the most!

It’s important to first have an overview of your ideas for projects. But it’s even more important to prioritize and choose the projects you care about. You need to think about what you want to accomplish and which projects will help you do it. You need to consider your goals and your resources before deciding which projects to tackle. There is nothing more frustrating to find an idea super interesting, but after investing a lot of time and money, realize that it is not feasible with your resources.

For example, I created a list in Notion that acts as a brainstorm for ideas. Then I take out of these ideas only the ones that currently make the most sense to me and work out a to-do list.

There are probably 30 ideas on my list that I still want to do. Some have been on this list for 5 years, but there were always new reasons not to do them. The important thing is: This is perfectly ok! I always prioritized and thought about, whether is this project important and possible for me at the moment.

Examples of open ideas on my part are:

It is then very important to set realistic goals. Often these projects fail because the goals are set too high or because you just want too much at once. Therefore, set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them. You get closer to your goal and stay motivated when you take small steps.

Photo by Hayley Murray on Unsplash

In this case, it means choosing one project at a time from the to-do list and working on it. Remember that you don’t have to tackle all projects. It is better to successfully complete a few projects than to start many projects and then get stuck halfway through.

I think it should be clear to everyone that no one can offer a universal solution for successfully completing projects. I just want to show with this article that it is not bad to have open project ideas and also sometimes open (possibly already for years) projects. This is the normal setting of priorities.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. If you like my work, feel free to check out my other articles on similar topics.

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