Moving content forward is a goal of every creative professional but that intention can get bogged down in the day to day. Juggling multiple projects, shifting priorities, waiting for feedback – all of these can result in solid ideas that never get implemented. One way to help ensure you reach your desired end result is to break it down into smaller, definitive actions. Think of these milestones as the building blocks of your project. Stack them all up and you’ve accomplished your goal!
When you start adding dates to your milestones they become even more effective. There are so many variables that can derail a project, and you want to know if you’re getting off schedule before the final due date. Milestones can help keep you on pace, and missed milestones act as a red flag so you can get back on track before your final due date.
Milestones are especially helpful when collaborating on a project. When you set and agree upon deliverables and timeline expectations with project stakeholders before you get started, you’ll get more realistic, achievable deadlines (and less stress!). These milestones also keep everyone involved in a project accountable for moving things forward. If progress isn’t being made, it’s easier to recognize where your bottlenecks are.