Project Management for Your Life

Fred Wilson


Do you ever feel that you are on top of your game at work and have everything organized but once you come home things are slipping through the cracks?


Don’t worry, this stuff happens to the best of us. After all, we are all humans, and project management makes up for a portion.


Perhaps, it may be time to reevaluate the way you are running your life? If you can be productive and run in high gear at work it’s not impossible to carry it on at home.


A good way to get the most out of your work at home is to follow suit with what is working for you in the workplace.


One way to be productive and ahead of your game is to adopt project management techniques to project manage your life.


After all, what is life but a string of projects?


So how would you project manage your life?


In this article, we will go over some of the basic project management principles and tools that you can adapt to use in your daily home life to make your life more organized and productive just like you are at home.


So, let’s get to it!


What is Project Management?




Before you can start the project managing your life, you need to understand is its most basic form what project management is.


Firstly, a “project” is defined by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide as “A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique… result.”


Project management has been defined by the same Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide. The definition provided is, “Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals- and thus, better compete in their markets.


A project lifecycle often follows five distinct processes. These processes include:

  • The Initiation Phase
  • The Planning Phase
  • The Execution Phase
  • The Monitoring and Controlling Phase
  • And the Project Close


Apart from these five project lifecycle processes, project management also involves ten project management knowledge areas.


These project management knowledge areas include:


These ten knowledge areas are applied throughout the project lifecycle in the five project processes mentioned above.


Keep in mind that when you will be using project management for your life you do not have to be as strict as you would otherwise if you were following project management methodology for an official project you are working on.


After all, project management for your life is to simplify things rather than make them more stressful and difficult with unnecessary rules and procedures you have to follow.


The Five Project Management Processes


As mentioned above, there are five project management processes within the project management lifecycle. These processes are the initiation of a project, the planning of the project, the execution of the project, monitoring, and control of the execution, and finally the project close.


Whenever you take up a project in your personal life you follow the same processes.


Projects that you may undertake in your personal life could include pretty much anything. For example, maybe you need to organize a wedding or birthday party or any other event. You could be planning a trip or renovating your house. You could even be planning to make a big move.


Project management for your life however isn’t just about the big projects. You could use these project lifecycle processes for your daily tasks as well.


1. Project Initiation




Before you begin with any project, whether it be a big project like moving house or simply the daily tasks and activities you have to get done, you need to know what you are doing before you begin.


This is where project initiation comes in.


Project initiation is the aim or goal you need to achieve and anything you need to get sorted before you can start with planning your project.


For example, if we consider the project of finding a new house, you need to know what it is you are looking for and why. This is what you will decide before you even start planning to look at houses. You won’t just start looking at houses without knowing why you are looking at them or what you are after.


With project management for your daily activities, you need to be aware of what it is you are trying to organize. Are you organizing your daily tasks, weekly tasks, or making a monthly roaster?


2. Project Planning


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Fuente: PMideas (Project Management for Your Life).