In part 1 of this series, I talked about how to get those ideas we have to paper. In this post, we’ll take those ideas off paper and begin implementing them. There will be tips for doing this, but the best piece I can give is be committed and diligent so that you can turn your ideas into reality.
First tip: Have a planner. My Happy Planner is an asset to me because it helps me stay on track with every project. I would definitely recommend one with dividers so that you can have each idea in its own section.
Second tip: Give yourself realistic deadlines. No idea comes with only a part a. Mosttimes, it take several steps to complete before the project it’s really ready to roll out. So, look at your schedule and plan your projects accordingly. This way you don’t burn out. Also, keep a to-do list in your planner and when you accomplish a deadline, give yourself a little reward as incentive. This always helps me stay in the game and meet my deadline.
Third tip: Manage your time wisely. Give yourself so many hours a day to devote to your project and no matter where you are when the times run out, take a break and move onto something else. There are times where I was so involved with what I was doing that it took over my schedule.
Fourth tip: Don’t forget to eat. This might seem obvious, but believe me it is important to mention.
Fifth tip: Pick the right collaborators. Suppose your idea will require you to work with other people, you’ll want to be sure to pick the right team. I would recommend first that you write down the requirements and communicate that thoroughly with every team player. Then you’ll need to hold each person accountable for their part in the project, without micromanaging. Host periodic meetings or conference calls to keep everyone updated throughout the process.
Sixth tip: Cost? While you were in the planning stages, you probably had to consider if there will be a cost and if so how much. In your planner, write down your budget (estimates) and add these to your to-do list with deadlines. For example, say you had to purchase 10 computer arm rests for your team in two weeks, first get a price for them and then add that line item to your budget with the due date. I would recommend trying to purchase as much as you can before starting the project. Also, if you’ll be spending a large sum of money, do a comparison shopping before you commit.
Keep in mind that your budget will probably be estimates so if you’ll need to go over it frequently to try to stay within it. And it’s important to find the right vendor(s) as it is for finding the right team players.
Seventh tip: Don’t be Afraid to Ask for help. Don’t try to do it all yourself. If you run into a wall and you need advice, don’t be afraid to reach out. You’ll never know what kind of suggestions you’ll get that didn’t occur to you. You might also be able to delegate certain tasks to your team or outsource if you’re working solo. This is especially helpful if you don’t have time or someone else is better at that skill. I always believed that if someone is better at something than me, let them do it.
These tips should get you on your way to making those dreams into ideas into the real world. If there’s a tip I didn’t mention, feel free to comment below.