woman using laptop Are you working on a big project at the moment? Big projects can take up a lot of our time and energy.

When we are consumed by a big project, time can feel like it’s going a bit wonky. By wonky, I mean time is flying by. Every day is blurring into the next. Each week is starting to feel like the one before. Either that or it can feel like time is standing still and so are we!

I’ve noticed the time-flying phenomenon applies when I am writing. I can sit down at my laptop, start writing and three hours go by in a blink. That same three hours can feel very different when I am working at my full-time job. That last hour on a Friday afternoon can sometimes feel like it lasts for hours!

When I was writing my eBook, I felt like I was sucked into a time/energy vortex where every day flashed before my eyes. The fact that I  worked through weekends was probably not helping with the days blurring into one another. All of my time and energy was going into my eBook.

In case you were wondering the flying-by feeling is irrelevant to how much work I get done either. If I don’t get much work done time flies, if I get heaps done it still flies!

Has this happened to you? Is this happening to you right now?

For you, it might not be writing a book. It could be a big project at work, a major home renovation, or building a house.

Here are my thoughts on how to deal with a project taking up all of your time and energy.

Enjoy the process

Just because time feels like it’s flying by, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy working on our project.

To enjoy the process, it helps to enjoy the work itself. If you are doing something you hate, you will struggle to find enjoyment in the process. But it’s a completely different situation if you are doing something you enjoy. Often the key to enjoying what we do, is finding some joy in the process.

The key is to be aware and take the time to embrace and enjoy what you are working on.

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Take time out to review your progress

It’s important to take some time out to review the progress that you have already made. Big projects can sometimes mean long timelines to completion so it’s important that we review our progress and celebrate our wins along the way.

Take stock of what you have achieved so far. 

Admit the complexity of the situation

Sometimes we start a project not realizing how much work is going to be involved. Or we might not realize how complex some of the work is. Suddenly our project becomes complex and complicated and a LOT more work and possibly money than we bargained on.


At this stage, we may need to bring in some outside help or find a way to work through the complexities ourselves. Sometimes some research into the next steps can help us move forward.

Make sure you take time out

No matter what your project is, you are going to need to take some time out. You need to find time to rest, relax, and spend quality time with the people in your life.

While our projects are important we can’t let them completely take over our lives to the point where we are neglecting the people that we claim to love.

Make sure you watch your stress levels and take time out when you need it.

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Switch up your creativity

If your project is creative, sometimes it can help to switch up your creativity and work on something else. Whether it’s a different creative pursuit altogether or simply working on a different project it can be worth working on something else to get the creative juices flowing again.

Sometimes we can work on something so intensely that we begin to lose our focus and not think clearly. Switching things up can help us get back our focus and clarity.

I’ve realized that I don’t perform at my best when I’m only working on one thing. I’m the sort of person who thrives on and needs variety. Gemini trait perhaps?

If you crave that variety, make sure you incorporate other smaller projects or creative pursuits into your life so that you don’t feel like you are drowning in one project.

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Don’t be thrown off by moving deadlines

Renovation running overtime? Book draft not finished by your delegated deadline? Let’s face it, stuff happens and sometimes things go wrong. Or don’t go to plan.

Don’t let that throw you off. Yes, it will be frustrating. It will most likely be stressful as well. There may even be extra costs involved which can be hard to wrap your head around, but hang in there.

Hang in there. Ride it out to get your project over the finish line.

Do the work 

This one is important. If you want to complete your project and achieve your objective you need to do the work.

Doing the work day after day can be the hardest part. 

After all, there are a million distractions that can take our focus away from our important project. Sometimes we give in to temptations and distractions. When this happens, don’t beat yourself up. Just focus back on the task at hand and get back to work.

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Make sure you finish your project

I am sure we all know people who start a big project and then fail to finish it. Come to think of it, I’ve been guilty of this myself in the past!

Starting is easy but finishing is much harder. 

Ultimately finishing is our goal. It’s important to our sense of pride and accomplishment that we see our major project to completion.

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Believe in what you are doing. Believe in your project. It might feel like part of your life is on the back burner right now, but your investment of time and energy will be worth it in the end.

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