I love a good project how about you?
A good project keeps you engaged and moves you forward. A good project challenges your higher-level skills and builds new ones. When the project is done, or you have done as much as you can, you will be proud regardless of the outcome. Your efforts matter as much as the results.
When you make projects non-negotiable you can cut through the distracting flotsam and jetsam the gathers over the course of time in a busy life. And you know your life is with a capital B Busy.
Let me back up for a minute and tell you what I mean by “projects.“ Projects are the specific, practical things you want to be doing, or have done that relate directly to your vision and intentions and will help you live into the promise their promise of what could be. These types of projects are often called goals.
Personally, I find it more useful and productive to define projects in my strategic planning rather than goals.
Projects unfold over time. You take them step by step. You can always make progress on a project.
You can nestle a series of benchmarks that unfold in a natural sequence to mark progress. If it turns out something is not unfolding in the way you expect it is much easier to adjust at midstream.
Goals you either achieve or you don’t.
3 Must Have Project Types
There are three types of Non-Negotiable projects that I know help people move through the clutter and distractions of busy lives.
An income related professional project to keep your incoming flowing. For example: Taking action to secure new clients or contract; or negotiating a salary agreement.
A growth related professional project designed to expand your skills, experience or strengthen your business, in time it may lead to income. For example: Taking a course to enhance your skill set or researching opportunities.
A personal project is specific something for just you not related to your work. One way to ensure you are making a life and not just a living is to include a personal project. For example: Signing up for the Wednesday night pottery class you have been hankering to take for the last 3.5 years.
True success requires all three types of projects described above.
Keep Yourself Focused
One of life’s greatest challenges is to edit out what siphons off your energy, serves as a filler, or distraction so making a project non-negotiable buttresses its importance to you. It is also important to shift through all the projects you might take on and narrow your list down to the one with the most potential for you to get what you most want to feel and experience in 2013.
My recommendation is to brain dump all of the possible projects you could take on in 203 for each of these three types. Then prune. Ask yourself:
- Of all of these do I believe have the greatest potential to move me forward towards what I really want to feel and experience in 2013?
- Which of these first do I feel most excited by?
- If I could only do three things this year (per project type) what would those be?
When you have answered those three questions you have a discrete set of projects to lean into throughout the year.