Scheduling Time for a Large Project

Scheduling time to do a large project is more a case of finding the time to do the smaller pieces that make up the whole. If you are just one person doing the project, it’s easier to schedule the time. Add in one more person and double the complexity of the project. That’s because you know what your own capabilities are but you have to coordinate with the other person. I’m not going to get into that. There are books written about that topic.

In scheduling a single person large project, usually yourself. You have to take life into consideration. You can’t plan to do the project in chunks every minute of every day. You have to insert the pieces of the project into your life. The first thing you have to do is figure out approximately how long each piece should take to complete.

Take that time and look for places in your schedule to insert it. You may have to rearrange other things. So you also have to figure out what you can move in your schedule and what you can’t. For me, it’s work. I have a day job and I do not do any writing while on the clock with that day job. I have schedule any writing projects, like NaNoWriMo or revision work around my job. Set those immovable items into the schedule in their place.

I use excel to plan my day. I set my work schedule in first. Then I schedule my next important items, like my weight watcher meeting or my yoga class. Then I look at the time I have left. What do I fill that time with? Is it something I can eliminate or move? Then I play with the blocks of time until I get the project completely scheduled.

That’s as simple as it gets. Set up your schedule in whatever way works for you. Then put in the time you think it will take to do each piece of your larger project. In that manner, you will find the time to do the pieces of your larger project. That will help you get the project pieces done. As you complete the pieces, the entire project is completed.

While this seems to be easily done, it can be difficult because you have to estimate how long it will take you to complete your chunk of project. If you’ve broken your project down correctly, you can figure out how to get the job done. Be sure to schedule time for problems because there are always problems. Schedule time to deal with the problems. This will give you wriggle room. It’s important. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you got it, nothing will go wrong. The tighter the schedule, the more likely it is that something will go wrong. Remember that and you will do well.


I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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