Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How To: Succeed at Project Pan

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It's been awhile since I've done a Project Pan and it's something I fully intend on bringing back. I'm going through a funk right now of not wearing makeup and I'm sad to admit I'm even skimping on the skincare too. Either way, I must say while I was doing Project Pan I did consider myself quite successful. I was able to work through a whole bunch of different products including lipsticks which I didn't think was ever possible! Funny story about the origin of this post though. I was checking out my blog metrics lately and found that a common phrase used to find my blog was "how to succeed at project pan" which is interesting since that's never anything I've written about. So I thought why not, let's give the people what they are asking for! Here are some tips on how to succeed Project Pan and what worked for me.

  • Be realistic. The hardest thing about a project is being unable to meet your goal. The first tip I have is to be realistic about what you want to achieve. Take into account how long you would like your project to span, think about products you would actually use, and also limiting the amount of products in rotation. If two products in six months is what you can realistically do start with that! In my opinion it's always better to underestimate what you can do and give yourself a pleasant surprise when you achieve something sooner than expected. Being realistic encourages you to continue in your pursuit of pan!
  • Vary your products. I've fallen victim to this before where I had two lip products in the same batch. Now that's just silly. If you're trying to finish up products, logically, if you can use everything at once each day, the faster you will get through it! With each project it is best to have a variety of products that don't have conflicting functions in order to maximize the amount of time you will use them.
  • Give yourself an easy win. The best way to encourage yourself to continue the project is to give yourself an easy win. Whether this is an eyeliner that is clearly at it's end of your life, or a smaller bottle of body lotion, just having that one item that you know that you can finish quickly is motivation to power through. It gives you a sense of accomplishment which works in your favor so don't feel silly throwing a product in the mix that you're basically done with!
  • Put it somewhere obvious. Whenever I did a Project Pan I had a bin or some sort of container that I placed front and center next to my other daily makeup. Visually just seeing these things everyday served as a reminder to use them. You can even go one step further and swap out your usual essentials for the items in your project to really encourage yourself to use them. Here is one of those times where out of sight really is out of mind so put all the items somewhere obvious so you're more likely to reach for them!
  • Test it out first. My final piece of advice is to not just grab random things but to actually test products out beforehand and make sure you will actually use them. I've had this problem before where I was trying to finish up a lipstick that I just absolutely hated and I think I used it about one time and months later, just gave up on it. Hitting those points where you just can't bring yourself to use an item is very discouraging and I think it is one of the reasons I decided to take a break on Project Pan. Figure out what works for you and start out with those for at least your first round. Overtime you can try incorporating one or two of these "unagreeable" products but until you get to the point where you're looking for the challenge it's best to stick with things you can easily incorporate into your daily routine and finish.
What are some of your tips for succeeding at Project Pan?

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