‘The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.’ Albert Einstein
Creating legacy needs a time commitment
Creating legacy is unlikely to happen if you do not set time aside for it; our lives are just too fast-paced and complicated for that. In particular, it is important that you set aside a specific time allotment during your day for each of your legacy projects.
What exactly is a legacy project time allotment?
The legacy project time allotment is a time in your day you dedicate to your legacy project e.g. Monday to Friday, 9.00 am till 10 am; or Monday to Sunday, 7.30 am till 8.00 am.
How long should your legacy project time allotment be?
It can be as long as you need it to be – five minutes, twenty minutes, one hour. The important thing is not so much how long it is. The important thing is that you schedule it so you work on your legacy project every day.
It is better to schedule it for twenty minutes every day, than one hour every three days. This is because our brain not only does work on the legacy project during the time allotment while you are working on it; it also works on it in the times in-between each session.
Every time you work for twenty minutes on something, take a break, and then come back to it, you will find that you will have moved on a little. This works particularly well with tasks that require creativity, such as your legacy project.
Should you also work on your legacy project at the week-end?
This depends on your other commitments, and also on the specific legacy project. For example, for one of my legacy projects I work seven days a week; for the other one I work only six days a week.
It’s probably a good idea to have at least one day off from working on a legacy project; but some projects do require the seven-days-a-week treatment. Try sheduling your legacy project time allotment five days, six days, and seven days a week, and see what works best for you.
When should you schedule your legacy project time allotment?
Of course, this depends again on your other commitments and when you tend to work best. But my personal experience is that it is easiest to stick to your legacy project time allotment every day if you schedule it first thing every morning, or as closely as possible to the first thing every morning; after that, life takes over and often crowds the opportunity.
What if you are working on more than one legacy project?
This makes things a tad trickier, but not impossible – I’m in this situation at the moment. My advice is that if this is the first time you have taken on a legacy project, it is probably best if you only work on legacy project, bring it to completion, and then think about running two in parallel.
In terms of the legacy project time allotment – if you are working on more than one legacy project, just make sure you keep the times for the two projects separate. For example, I work on one of my projects first thing after finishing my morning ritual; whereas my time allotment for my other legacy project is in the evenings, towards the end of my day.
The reason why it’s a good idea to keep the times separate is that working on a legacy project takes a lot of energy; so it’s best to schedule something easy to do after each session of working on your legacy project. Following up a session of legacy project work with another session for another project is likely to leave you drained and not looking forward to doing this again the next day, and the day after, and the day after that etc. for the next few months.
So try to keep the two times apart as much as possible, and do more routine tasks in-between, to give your brain enough time to recover.
What are your thoughts?
How do you make sure you create legacy every day? Would you find having a legacy project time allotment useful? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
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