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8 Ways To Apply A New Perspective To A Dragging Project



8 Ways To Apply A New Perspective To A Dragging Project
Ever found yourself stuck in a project you've worked on for far too long, stalled by a lack of inspiration and energy to move forward? What can start out as an exciting, challenging project can easily turn into a pile of dreaded tasks parked on your to-do list for far too long.


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Take A Break

Take A Break

When you’re working on a big project, taking a real break is important for mental productivity. 

Stop the project you’re working on, take some real time away, and come back to it with a fresh mindset. It doesn't matter how long the break is, the important thing is to not think about your project during your time of rest.




Mind Map It

Mind Map It

A common reason for feeling stuck on a project is because there’s too much information to process, causing you to lose clarity on your end goal.

Mind mapping is a visual note-taking style to help you get your ideas out on paper. Essentially, you’re making a map of how all of your ideas relate to one another. Start with one central idea, like the overall project goal or just a piece of it. From there, think about the major tasks, goals, or ideas behind the projects.



Try A Change Of Scenery

Try A Change Of Scenery

Getting out of the space you associate with your project can help bring an unexpected shift in your perspective.

Try to get away from the setting you’ve been working in. Do you work from home? Try a new location like a coffee shop, library, or coworking space. Work in an office? Go offsite with your team.



Adding Something Creative

Adding Something Creative

Doing something fun or creative helps boost productivity.

You don’t even have to get completely outside the lines of your project to make it work. Instead, think of ways to add creativity to your project.



Get An Outsider’s Perspective

Get An Outsider’s Perspective

Ask someone who neither works with you nor knows anything about the specifics of your work, if you can present your project up to its current status to them.

Explain your thought process, your main goals, and the questions you’re trying to answer. Ask them to take notes and to be honest with their feedback.



Ask New Questions

Ask New Questions

Take a step back and analyze the difficulties you’re having by answering these questions:

  • What is the overall goal of this project?
  • What am I trying to solve?
  • What is the easiest part of this project?
  • What is the hardest part of this project?
  • What are my team’s strengths in this project?
  • What are my team’s weaknesses?
  • What are the actionable steps I can take in the next day, week, and month, to get this project on the right track?



Add A New Team Member

Add A New Team Member

Hiring new people will bring an outside perspective and ideas to your team. Make sure to encourage them to speak up.

The same rule can apply for an individual project, so consider this tactic next time you’re feeling like an island of one.



Zoom Out

Zoom Out

Instead of focusing on the details, sometimes it’s helpful to zone out and look at the bigger picture. So try answering the "why" questions:

  • Why are you doing this project?
  • How does it affect the overall bottom line of your organization?
  • Why are you working on the project and how is your skillset being used within the project?
  • Most importantly: what problem are you trying to solve through this project?




Stay positive

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Find your routine

Returning to work might initially be a challenge in terms of finding your footing with your new tasks. 

Actively attempting to build and manage a routine will allow you to increase your efficiency and effectiveness, as well as create a sense of normality.

Immerse yourself in company culture

Fitting in at a new job often means observing the overall culture of the company and adapting. 

Openly embrace the culture of your new company by making the office norms your new habits.

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“I’ve seen people who agree on the major issues waste hours arguing over details. It’s more important to do the big things well than the small perfectly.”


When you are feeling stuck, start writing about whatever is on your mind.

Set aside 10 to 15 minutes. It may start out as a page of gibberish, but soon ideas will start to flow.

Tackle smaller tasks first

If you feel overwhelmed by how little you have progressed, switch to working on mindless tasks that require little attention and allow the mind to wander. Wash the dishes, organize your bookshelf, or do laundry. 

By accomplishing small wins, you develop momentum and confidence to overcome your mental block.

Change your environment

The cleanliness of your workspace affects your performance and mood at work. 
  • Having a neat, organized desk will improve your productivity and focus. 
  • A messy space can enhance creativity and help you gain fresh insights. 

Play around with your home or office environment and discover what works best for you.