Thomas at The Messy Notebook posted an article on building something real in your spare time. This is a great list for those trying to launch any kind of idea, either full-time or on weekends, after hours, or in parallel to another project.
If you plan on launching anything, make these suggestions a part of your process. Even though you may have used some of these techniques in the past, it is a great reminder for the seasoned launcher as well.
Here is a summary of his 10 points:
- Set goals – state your goals in specific terms
- Divide into milestones – breaking a big goal into smaller milestones will help you experience success and not get overwhelmed
- Make yourself accountable – tell others what you are doing and ask them to hold you accountable. Otherwise, difficulties will cause you to give up faster
- Something every day – take a small step every day to keep momentum going
- Don’t force it – switch to other tasks if something is slowing you down. This gives you time to get a fresh perspective
- Iterate, iterate, iterate – make something simple and add to it over time. Don’t try to create the whole solution in one step
- Sustainable pace – remember that it may take time to put it all together. Don’t burn yourself (or your family) out
- Timebox everything – limit your time. Constraints are a good thing, not a bad thing
- Ruthlessly trim scope – limit your tasks. Constraints are a good thing, not a bad thing
- Let life intrude – allow interruptions, emergencies, and life happen. Don’t stress. Do your best to get back on track as things settle down