Break Big Projects into Smaller Projects

When planning a large, new pollinator garden or wildlife habitat project, it is easy to get carried away and try to take on too much at once. If you are thinking about starting a big, new project this year, I encourage you to think about how it can be broken into smaller pieces that are more easily accomplished. Concentrate on only one or two of those smaller projects this year. Get those projects fully implemented and under control, then move to the next pieces of the larger project either later in the year or next year. You’ll likely have more success and get less discouraged than if you try to do everything at once.

It is often more effective and less overwhelming to break big projects, such as establishing a large, new pollinator garden, into smaller projects that might be spread out over multiple years. Photo credit: USDA, cc-by 2.0

This article was part of Shannon’s original Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blog which evolved into the blog for Backyard Ecology.

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