Each day we encounter different projects in our life. Be it for school, office, or at home, we have different projects that we get involved in. A kitchen remodel that you’re doing without professional help is a project on its own. A new work order from a client is also considered as a project. How about the school projects given to you on a regular basis? That’s obviously a project. Now whatever type of project you are currently handling, there’s always the same process in preparing for one. Here you’ll understand that preparing for any kind of project goes through the same steps. Read on and learn how you can prepare for whatever project you are faced with.
Define Your Project.
An important thing when dealing with a new project is being able to define it. Define it in terms of the objectives or the purpose. What is the expected result? What is the best result? Once you jot the answers to this question, you are ready to move on to the next step in preparing for a project.
Planning What to Use or How to Accomplish the End Result
In any project, this is the part where you brain storm about how you are planning to accomplish a project. Take for example: you are to create a presentation for your client. How are you going to handle it? Do you need a video presentation? Do you want to use a PowerPoint presentation instead? Do you want to take your client on site? These are the things you need to jot down at this stage. You’ll need to know what style you are going to use for this project. After writing down the possibilities, choose the best approach and then you’re ready for the next step.
Now that you know what you’re going to do, you need to gather information. What data will you need to do the project? Take into consideration the deadline. Can you accomplish this approach with the given time frame? If so, then collect information on how to do such a project. If not, what is the next approach feasible to take?
Enumerate the Steps to Take.
By now you have decided on the action to take. You’ll need to write down all the steps involved in accomplishing it. Write down process step by step. For example:
Step 1: Reserve conference room. Reserve the projector. Plan the snacks or meals to be served during the presentation.
Step 2: Research information about the Client. What are their strengths and weaknesses? How can I address those in my presentation?
Step 3: Complete the contents to be included in the presentation.
Step 4: Get a designer to do an animated presentation in Flash. Give the materials, information, and deadline to your designer.
Step 5: Get completed presentation and copy it in a CD.
Step 6: Confirm the attendance of everyone involved and confirm the reservations. Prepare the materials to bring during the presentation.
List Down the Resources Needed.
In order to accomplish the project, what are the resources you’ll need? List down the names and materials you’ll need. For example, you’ll need a designer to do the visuals. You’ll need an assistant to reserve the location, projector, and buy the meals to be served. You’ll also need a CD and many others.
Make a Schedule.
Now that you know what you need, write down the schedule. Let’s say you have 1 week to accomplish your project, create a chart with the details on when you’re going to do Steps 1 up to the last step. For example, do steps 1 to 3 on Monday. Do step 4 on Tuesday. Do steps 5 and 6 on Friday, and so on.
Now, you are ready to start your project! Good luck!