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How to get a big project done when you’re already feeling drained

Aim for progress not perfection

We tend to feel unconfident whenever we are given a huge project but we are unable to provide excellent results the first time around.

Try to be kinder to yourself during this time and remember that perfection cannot be achieved in one try, not every project is flawless. The important thing to remember is to not let yourself succumb to fear that will prevent you from doing anything.

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