Ideas and concepts should not just be keeping a permanent residence in your mind. The desire to create is not as satisfying as the feeling of completion. It takes a lot of honest introspection to look back at your dead projects. While scouring and sifting through the graveyard, pay attention to what you wanted to achieve and your reasons behind it. Better yet, make a list.
It is important to pick one project as the main focus. Looking over your past successes and failures will help you in determining what works and what does not. You would have done some groundwork already, which means you know your project intimately. Obviously, continuing on the same path that leads to the sudden halt would not help you achieve the results that you want.
The most important thing is to look objectively at why these projects did not take off. What internal factors played a part? Did you lose interest? Were there financial issues? Figure out what really caused the stagnation. More often than not, you will find there were multiple factors.
Creating a clear outline will enable you to truly examine and analyze each project. When looking over your projects dead or alive (or unborn), you are bound to find some similarities in each project’s outline. Humans are creatures of habit.
Timing is utterly important with coordination and planning. Sometimes the market is not ready, or maybe we are too late. It is crucial to not just do the right things, but the right things at the right time. You might find that you are more equipped to tackle your project now than you were before.
Look at how you can improve on your masterpiece. Taking all that you have gathered from your lists and your evaluations, now is the time to constructively put to use what you have learnt. Look at the best attributes and the weakest characteristics and see how you would improve on them.
Gather the resources that you need for your project. Getting assistance from the right people can help you get a new perspective on what you are currently doing. A fresh pair of eyes is a good way to help you re-evaluate what you are doing so you can efficiently achieve your objectives.
Using lists help you to prioritise and organise what you need to do. The most common killer of projects is the lack of motivation. We are interested and inclined to do something when we are motivated. We lose interest when we lack motivation; we do not feel like doing anything. Maintaining your passion is vital. Why do anything if you do not like it? Find out what initially inspired you to do it in the first place. Revisiting that state of mind every now and again can help you keep interested.
It is easy and almost chronic for most people to dive into a project head first and take a long hiatus. While it is healthy to take breaks to refresh your mind, it is even healthier to be disciplined. Do not exhaust yourself by spending too much energy in vain. Finally, stay committed once you have a plan. Procrastination and disorganization create chaos, which in turns breeds an unproductive environment.