Here is the 1st post of a New Project called 52 Weeks. This is the project kick-off. I will write or share one or more ideas in a post per week each week until the end of the year.
The 52 weeks idea came via friend @jessiebonisteel who just launched her own 52-week photo project. We met for brunch this morning after telepathically connecting with one another (her face kept popping into my mind, and my face kept popping into her mind) which is always a sign that people meet up. Since I only thought about it today, retroactively, here is last week’s catchup post entitled Not One, but Two Hells Frozen Over.
Jessie used to be my work wife when we were project managers @ecentricarts. Since communication was 90% of the job, most of the time you would see us both tapping at our keyboards furiously, trying to communicate and coordinate away the lumps and bumps out of our projects. Always organized, Jessie was doing inbox zero even before I had read about it though in David Allen’s Book, Getting Things Done. There are people that I will miss working with for my whole life, and Jessie is one of them.
What I loved best about working with Jessie was that every day, she would gently tap me to say “Hey, I just want you to know, Its 5:30pm now. You have to leave soon.” It was a gentle cue to remind me to leave, and to go have a life. That the nature of project management work. There is no end to how much you can communicate and organize when dealing with multiple projects. I used to think of myself a pretty good project manager, but when it came to living life, I’d say that I was a C+ student then. I’ve since pulled my grades up. 🙂
PM Yourself if you don’t have a PM Friend
After Jessie left the company, I missed her dearly. I would find myself alone and hungry in the office quite late in the evening. It took me a little while to learn how to remind myself in the evenings to go home on time. If you struggle with this yourself, then here’s my method.
- Set an alarm if you need to remind yourself of the time.
- Remind yourself that:
- Life is about finding the balance, and you deserve to have a life like everyone else.
- That your urgency is built on anxiety. No one’s gonna die (this is a Bonisteelism too).
- Prioritize the next day’s actions so you don’t feel stressed out.
- Go find something to do. Call someone you know. Start scheduling your life in advance if you’re someone who likes a schedule. Make plans with friends and if you don’t have friends that you want to hang out, with then go take a class, go to the gym, read a book, or check out a show. Be your own best friend.
My last tip is this: Outside of work, work on your negotiation skills. Everything in life is about negotiation. The better you can negotiate, the less stress you’ll feel.
52 Weeks: Week 2
Back to the project, meeting up with Jessie has brought something helpful into my life again. Project 52 weeks begins today. Here’s another favorite photo from the series.