What is the #1 reason that a project stalls?

When working with clients on goal achievement, I’ve found that “not knowing what to do next” is the most common reason projects stall.

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This is why I recommend breaking each project down into the smallest next steps possible.  Once you finish one step, you know exactly what to do next.  (NOTE:  A project consists of multiple tasks.  A task is a one-step activity.)

But, if you have multiple projects, with multiple tasks for each project, how can you keep it all straight?

  1. Keep a running list of all projects.  Make sure “out of sight is not out of mind” when it comes to keeping each project moving forward.
  2. Create a list of all the tasks that need to be accomplished per each project.  Make sure each task is broken down into the absolute smallest step.  I store each list in the project folder.
  3. Transfer one or two tasks for each project to your master task list.  This master task list also has your “every day to-do’s” on it  . . . pick up milk, renew website domain, set-up bill pay . . .
  4. Schedule time to complete each task in your calendar.  Don’t leave the completion up to chance.  Schedule a date and time for each task on your list.
  5. Double check your master project list.  Are all your priorities scheduled?
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Your turn – how do you keep multiple projects moving forward?

Any suggestions for making sure nothing “falls through the cracks”?

I’d love to know your thoughts.  Please post below!