As 2017 winds down and we prepare for 2018 there is a lot to do with little time left. The clock is ticking, time our most precious resource.
December is a great time to review what you have done throughout the year and what you plan to do for the next year. This applies to work projects, school projects, and your personal life.
Albert Einstein said, “Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.”
There is an old phrase that you have to balance quality with quantity, that is important to keep in mind as you balance projects. What things worked out well for you this past year? What are some areas where you can improve?
Be honest with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up over missed opportunities, just capture what you experienced so you can learn and grow.
- Find someplace quiet
- Write down your thoughts
- Be honest
Dream for 2018
The great Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” These words are true, but dreams without action remain unfulfilled.
The first step to achieving your dreams for 2018 is to capture them. Spend some time thinking about what you want to achieve in 2018. Big items, small items, things that you are afraid to even admit to yourself
Last year my dream was to see my first book in print, this year my dream is to see book number two. There was a point in my life where I couldn’t have imagined this being possible, now it is becoming a reality.
If we don’t dream big, we can’t achieve the impossible. Dreams have led mankind to the moon and to the depths of the sea. Where will your dreams lead you?
- Dream Big
- Don’t limit yourself
- Make your dreams come true
New Year’s is a great time to start new projects and adjust old projects. Katy Perry says in her song, “‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth.”
Make 2018 the year where you show what you are worth. Whether giving a big speech, taking on a new project at work, or remodeling the garage. 2018 is a year of potential and opportunity.
The beginning of a new project is always exciting, like fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Use the energy of the new year to get you started on your next project.
- Develop your plan
- Create Milestones
- Share with friends and family
Ring in the New Year
Life is busy and complicated and it is easy to get caught in the planning phase. The executing phase is where we live, so enjoy the moment.
John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.”
Take a few minutes to just enjoy yourself with your friends and family. It is hard sometimes to take a break and just relax.
- You can’t do it all at once
- If you can plan it, you can do it!
- Enjoy the moment
Life is a Project!
As you manage your life, it is important to keep in mind the legacy you want to leave. The New Year is an opportunity to adjust your scope and ensure your life’s project is on the right track.
Teaser: Coming soon – Cyber Security in Project Management – a year in review.