We’re all project managers

Huh?

 

OK, I know we’re not all project managers by title or trade.

And I also know, that if I were to ask you, if you consider yourself to be a project manager, you’d probably say no.

But, I’d like to challenge your thinking.

  ........ Just a little.

Do you have a job where you interact with others?
Maybe you’re even part of a team?
Or maybe you have clients? 

Do you have a family?
Maybe kids?
And maybe some of your family members have activities they go to, or that you do together?

Or, are you maybe thinking of changing something in your surroundings?
Maybe redecorating a room, or renovating, or maybe even building new or moving?

Or do you have a dream of something you’d like to do?
Write a book, share your knowledge in a speech or an online course, or take a long trip? 

Then, my friend, you’re also a project manager.

  • In any team, you need to find the common goal and you need to be able to communicate and find ways to agree.
  • If you have clients, you need to be clear of the purpose of your collaboration, and what you are delivering. And you need to be able to juggle multiple clients, and make sure you deliver what you’ve promised, at the deadline you’ve set.
  • If you are taking on a renovation or a big redecoration in your home, then you need to have a goal, and you need a plan.
  • And if you have a dream of doing something big, then you need to be able to break that big goal down, into smaller actionable steps, in order to get there.

 And we all have these things in our lives.

 Therefore… 

We’re all project managers.

And we can all benefit from thinking like a project manager to manage out lives well.

And we can all benefit from using tools from project management.

  • Your calendar is a project management tool.
  • Your to do list is a project management tool.
  • Your team or family meetings is a project management tool.

 And we all know the frustration when we feel lost.

When we don’t have the overview of our lives or our calendar.

When the team doesn’t deliver as planned.

Or when the plan falls apart.

We have tried giving up on a dream, because we didn’t know how to get there.

Or we THINK that writing a book is a gigantic project that is only for a few people to take on.

But you can change that.

And I would love to help you.

 If you do these three things, you’ll be more likely to be successful with any project. 

1: Start smart

  • Define where you want to go
  • Define why you want to go there
  • Make your goal a smart one
  • Start with the smallest possible step

Often we just dive head first into any project, and then lose sight of where we are and where we’re going. By knowing where you’re going and why, you increase your chances of success tremendously.

 

2: Make a plan

That is actionable and doable.

  • Doable = Things you can do. Small enough tasks that you don’t get overwhelmed by it.
  • Actionable = Every step is moving you forward.

 If a to do list works for you, then fine.

If not, then figure out what kind of plan or to do list that works for you.

I have a blog on To Do lists if you’re curious. (LINK)

3: Take action

Basically if you just follow your plan, you’ll get to your goal.

And of course, there’s also a step 4: be ready to change your plans whenever needed.

Things have a tendency to change. So, you need to be aware of these changes, and update your plans to fit the new reality.

That’s it.

If you do that, I will guarantee you become more successful with the projects in your life.

And I wish you the best of luck in all your coming projects.

……………………….

 If you’d like my help, and the support of peers, then join me in my newest onlinecourse:

Project Management for Visual Practitioners.

It is a 2 week course, that runs from December 1st to December 11 2020.

It is 3 themes.

Each theme is a video and an assignment on one day, and then a Live online session to follow up, and dive a little deeper the day after.

And everything is supported visually.

And if you’re wondering weather or not you qualify as a visual practitioner, then just ask yourself:

  • Do you use a marker on a regular basis?
  • Do you often use marks to make meaning (drawing, ddoodeling, writing on stickynotes…)?
  • Do you like it when things are visible and tangible?

 If that is 3 x yes, then you’re good to go!

 Read more and sign up here:

https://www.thevisualprojectmanager.com/PMforVP

 

 

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