HUMAN RESOURCES / SEP. 18, 2014
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How to Tackle a Difficult Project With a Positive Attitude

There are times when work is slow and employees do nothing but laze around the office. However, when it does pick up, everyone gets back to work. With difficult projects comes more work. It could be a client looking for software with unrealistic functionalities or the boss ordering you to research a topic with very few reliable sources of information. Regardless the nature of project you are tackling, having a positive attitude can help you to complete it successfully.

So, how do you develop and sustain a positive attitude throughout the project?

Believe in Yourself

You must never doubt that you have the ability to conquer all. Self-belief is the foundation of all success. After you have been assigned a difficult project, don’t focus on the challenging tasks. Instead, say to yourself, ‘I can do it.’ This may sound cliché, but it reinforces your confidence in your skills. It enables you to stay focused when you feel apprehensive. Say it every time the project gets tougher.

Adopt the Right Strategy

It is common knowledge that everyone undertaking a project must have a detailed strategy on how to tackle it. That is the easy part. But how do you create a project strategy that improves your attitude? Well, begin by identifying the required skills and center your strategy on them. For example, if the project requires a high level of creativity, you should consider creating a work environment that boosts your creativity. If you are drawing a piece of art, hang some of your favorite drawings on the wall and draw inspiration from them.

Have Some “Me Time”

After a long day’s work, spend some time alone. Have a meeting with yourself. This allows you to unwind from any project-related stress and reflect on what’s to come. It also helps you to recharge or refill your positivity. If you are office-based, don’t fall for the temptation to carry the work home. If you are home-based, don’t work past the time you have set yourself. You will be surprised how the “me time” turns into a haven for solutions!

Don’t Hesitate to Consult

Sometimes we run into tasks that we have no clue where to start. When this happens, consult with your colleagues. Chances are high some of them have previously tackled difficult projects and could offer useful tips on how to tackle your project with positivity. Besides, you can also seek help from colleagues who have some free time on their hands.

Avoid Distractions

Many people suffer a ‘confidence drain’ when a project gets harder. When working on a difficult project, it is imperative that you avoid unnecessary distractions. A simple phone call or email notification is enough to lower your concentration level. Unless you are expecting a very special call, your phone should be tucked in your locker until you are through with the day’s tasks. You can also let your workmates know that unnecessary distraction is unwelcome.

Finally, you never know what lies at the end of a difficult project; there could be a promotion, a salary increase or even a week-off from work. So, instead turning a project down or rushing over it, use these tips to develop a positive attitude and do a perfect job. Good luck!

See also: 5 Most Difficult Jobs in the World


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