Remember last year’s summer when I thought it would be a splendid idea to write a book? I quickly found out that deadlines I make with myself don’t count. Same with this blog: I attempt to post once per week, but rarely keep my commitment. I’m too lenient with myself.
That’s why I’ve tried a different strategy lately and it works like a charm: Pair up with someone for a project. If I commit to do something to someone else, who relies on me, I follow through. Plus other people have ideas and use channels I would never think of. E.g. on Wall-Skills we get most traffic via reddit. I don’t use reddit (I’m not even sure I understand the concept) but Roland does and he takes care of that part.
So, if you’ve got trouble following through in projects you do by yourself, maybe there’s someone out there to partner with. It’s also less work and more fun 🙂
What are your experiences with co-projects? Can you recommend them?
Addition: As someone on Twitter pointed out, the above is mainly for non-profit projects. With for-profit projects there are other facets to consider.