Whether we like to admit it or not, business tips can be applied to “real life.” We can incorporate information that helps us do our day to day job better. In turn, those tips often hold great advantages when applied to our non-job life.
This is a term used in project management. It is a form of Progressive Elaboration. I wrote about Progressive Elaboration in an earlier post. (You can read it here for reference.)
Rolling Wave Planning is just a plan of attack on a larger task where you work on the information you have now. As you receive more information, you can continue to do more work on the task.
For example, say you have a task of organizing a conference. You know you do not have all the information to fully plan the conference now.
So should you wait? Heck no!
You might not know the city where the conference will be yet. This means you cannot work on hotel locations, AV and meeting room needs or a room block for attendees. But you probably know what the topics of the conference will be. Since you know that information NOW you can start working on an agenda and timing schedule. You can probably also begin laying out the conference handouts. Then when the conference location is confirmed you can start working on those other things.
You work with what information you have at the time. Then as you know more, you do more.
Can this really apply to real life? Heck yes!
Are you waiting to start a project because you feel you don’t have all the details? Are you not starting a blog, or a book, or a decorating project because you don’t have ALL the information at once? Well stop it!
Most likely, if you are REALLY honest with yourself, you are using the fact that you don’t know everything right NOW as an excuse to not move forward.
If you are wanting to start a blog I bet there are steps you can begin NOW to get going. Whether it is research, or writing a draft, or creating a blog schedule – there is SOMETHING you can work on now. Then as you learn the platform you will be posting on, or you get your site created then you can move along to publishing your new blog.
Same thing with a book. I bet there is research that can be done. Or perhaps create an outline. You can continue to learn about publishing options, but you can start working on your book NOW.
If you want to redecorate a room, you may not have everything you need, but I bet you can go to a paint store and pick up some paint chips, or you can draw a plan for the new furniture arrangement.
Don’t let the real culprit (fear, anxiety, stress) stop you in your tracks.
Figure out what you can work on NOW knowing that you will continue to incorporate more action as you receive additional pieces of information. Begin now! Don’t wait! You’ll be amazed how easy it will be to continue your momentum.
So get out there and roll with those waves so you can start achieving your dreams!
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