Tips for Flexibility of Thoughts on Projects

One thing that is often difficult for anyone to do (and this is normal) is to understand when you’ve made a project too ambitious. You always think the project is a great idea…and often it is….but there are some aspects that seem more problematic than others. It’s often hard to change one’s mindset. For example, the other day, it finally occurred to me that my latest project was way past the needs of my intended audience. That would most likely make it fall flat. I was trying to do too much with it which made it a bit of a mess. So, I’ve been working on scaling it back and making it more appropriate for the projected audience. Wanting to experiment as an author, made me want to try a different audience than I have catered to in the past. I may do more editing of what I am thinking as I move forward. It gives me a chance to try a different type of project, a different type of audience and a different genre.

Another real life example of this is my husband (the other human half of the A & J PEI Treasures team) had made some decisions with some sheds on our property a long time ago. In the meantime, he had changed his mind on what he was going to use them for. He still stuck with the original plan. It did occur to him that he was making a really big project. Then I asked one question which turned the project around for him. The question was, if you aren’t going to use it for the original purpose, why do you need it to be one building? At that point, it all made sense and he scaled back what he was doing to fit a modified purpose. Though he still had a large project that he is working on, it was much easier to deal with the buildings separately than try to make them one. Sometimes all it takes is thinking about the intended purpose or audience to turn a whole project around. So, now he has his project on track and is likely to have it mostly finished before the end of the fall. I have my project on track and can continue on.

Sometimes we get so involved in a project and our original concept, we don’t consider that our knowledge base may be good, but we need to have someone help out with another aspect of it or change our mindset about it. Sometimes more eyes or a few days and fresh eyes or feedback on our project can make them turn out much better than the original plan. My realization that my latest project would not fit the audience that I was hoping for helped me change what I intend to do. It is also easier to work on it as I have better direction. My husband’s change of mindset about his project helped him to see a better way to complete the project a little more easily.

Sometimes it is good to take a few days and look at the strengths and weaknesses of your intended project and incorporate the ideas differently to find the best solution to your project. That may mean having someone proof read your work because you know your subject field well, but sometimes grammar is more of a challenge and easily fixed with a bit of shine put on it. Sometimes it means changing entirely what you are going to do, like with my latest project.

Remember, always be realistically unrealistic and find the best way to give your project the best chance of success.

Thanks for reading my blog post and your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!

Before…we’re giving them a new slant on life
After, still in process…but they’re getting better.

Published by ejstoo

E Jean Simpson, is the author, blogger, podcaster and one of the photographers of A & J PEI Treaures. A & J PEI Treasures is located on Prince Edward Island, Canada. All opinions stated in the Blog Post are my opinions and may not be that of A & J PEI Treasures. We are made up of a husband and wife team and our companion animals. There are a number of things that drew us to the Island…one of which was the natural beauty of the area. We enjoy constructing things and renovations to our place, upcycling, photography, writing, and a simpler lifestyle. Some of our e-books are winners of the Canada Book Awards (https://canadabookaward.com/). ​​​​​​​Quotes, Poems and Thoughts: With Pictures from Prince Edward Island, Canada, ​​​​​​​Rocky Mountain Memories (Accepted for the 2020 Reader's Choice General Nonfiction- https://www.tckpublishing.com/2020-readers-choice-voting-page/) *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) ​​​​​​​Floral Photography: Hope of Life and for the Future *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) ​​​​​​​From the Lens of my Camera: This and That and a Big Black Cat. *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) How to Publish an E-book on a Budget of $0: Making your Dreams a Reality The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 1) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) The Big Kid’s Magical Path to The Alphabet (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 2) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Shapes in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 3) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Colours in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 4) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Insects in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 5) More to follow! ​​​​​​​Thank you for your interest. E Jean Simpson/Andrew Simpson of A & J PEI Treasures (2019). You can find us at: ​​​​​​​https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466/ (Pinterest) https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 (Twitter) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A? (YouTube) https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson/blog (GoodReads) https://www.amazon.com/author/ejeansimpson_a-jpeitreasures (Amazon) ​​​​​​​https://www.bookbub.com/authors/e-jean-simpson-eab163aa-3938-4609-9afc-7a65b8b9ed21?follow=true (BookBub) ​​​​​​​https://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219 (LinkedIn) https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/ (WordPress) New addition, we have podcasts started on Anchor FM and can be found on the following: Anchor https://anchor.fm/a--j-pei-treasures (Anchor). Anchor also distributes the podcast to: Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-and-j-pei-treasures Google Podcasts https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81MDJkOTZjOC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Pocket Casts https://pca.st/he6mroww RadioPublic https://radiopublic.com/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-8grQ72 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/1xzUQzKzGyAChOXT4WLe1Z Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-j-pei-treasures/id1558288352?l iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) is noted on books that won

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