Big games break down into small games. Marathons break down into sprints.

When you’re playing a big game, you want to set yourself up with small wins along the way. These will build your confidence and momentum. 

For example, when I developed the game plan for the Punkin Project, I knew that to build a vehicle from scratch would take a lot of time and money, resources we didn’t have a lot of. 

So I broke the project down initially into 3 stages…

  • The Punkin Lounge, which could be set up on it’s own as a stationary display.
  • Chapter 2, when we added a rear axle and towed the Punkin Carriage with a tractor.
  • The final stage will see the Punkin’s tractor replaced with a motor of it’s own. 

Each phase gave us a realistic, and achievable goal with it’s own milestones. 

We were also able to organize fundraising and apply for art grants to cover expenses for material each step of the way. With proper planning, we were able to mitigate the constraints of time and money.

“Go as far as you can see, when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.”

– JP Morgan

We were so excited to start towing our Punkin Carriage, that we didn’t realize how hard it would be to load/unload with just one axle. So we added Chapter 2.1, adding the front axle to make it easier to transport.

As a matter of fact, The Punkin Project has at least a 5 year build plan now. We’ll also add propane lanterns, but that’s farther than I can see clearly now. 

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

– MLK Jr

Coordinating any large effort, takes patience and persistence. Don’t let yourself be taken out of the game before you start playing. Just do the work that there is to do now, and when you eventually arrive at situations you don’t have solutions for, you will have a new perspective. 

For example, the team I’ve been working with has been very skittish recently, doubting wether or not we’d be able to produce the event successfully. That was until the the first milestone of our plan passed. Then they were able to see that we had exceeded the number of submissions we had set as a goal, and were able to re-focus on taking the next steps. 

Before that though, everyone was stopped. They couldn’t see how this was going to turn out, so they weren’t taking action. Of course, without taking action, the event wouldn’t turn out. I just knew I had to get the team to the first milestone. 

Now, with that win, we can build on our success and keep moving the game forward. There are still members of the team who act as though the sky is falling every time there’s a set back, but I remind them to stay the course. 

“Just keep swimming.”

– Dory

When have you broken down a big project into smaller tasks, and what difference did it make? Don’t keep it to yourself! Share with us below.