Time is all you've got. Spend it wisely. It's a limited resource. It's also a unique resource. There's nothing like it. You can't buy more of it. The best you can do is make the most of the time you have. When you value your time, it forces you to prioritize more effectively. You're always making trade-offs. When you value your time, you enjoy the time you spend. The moment is all you have. When you realize that time is a limiting factor, you find ways to save time. Rather than throw more time at problems, you find better techniques.
Paving a path forward is a skill. The more you do it, the better you get. If there's one place where your ability to pave a path forward gets tested, it's driving projects. On sizable projects, the gap between your project vision and current reality can be overwhelming. Somehow you have to get from point A to point B and there's not always a map. Sometimes you're the map maker. This is especially true when your heading into uncharted territory. Even when you have a map, it doesn't mean it's going to be easy. What you need is a way to pave a path forward.
Learning a new problem space can be a challenge. Especially when there's no map. While writing books for the past several years, I've learned a more effective approach for chunking up and solving problem spaces. Each new book is a new problem domain. I can't afford to churn or be inefficient while ramping up. I've basically learned how to get myself and my teams up to speed faster by using a process. This process has served me well. I hope it does the same for you.
It's one thing to predict your downstream results. It's another to test it. I'm a fan of scrimmaging against results to find my strengths and weaknesses as early in the project as possible. I encourage others to do the same. In sports, a scrimmage is when you play another team informally. Playing teams in scrimmages before the season starts, helps reveal strengths and weaknesses before it counts.
Here's a technique I learned back in Microsoft Developer Support. It's called sweeping. The idea is simple. You periodically "sweep" the mess. You schedule a focused batch of time and sweep your mess. In our case, it was the knowledge base (KB). What happens with content is it erodes over time. You also end up with a bunch of stuff that either doesn't belong or can be improved. Each sweep was like a breath of fresh air.