Today I have been stressed out of my bloody mind. It all came to a head after realising all this schedule stuff I posted about yesterday. Eugh the drain. Its 6pm and I have literally spent the whole day furiously pacing and wanting to crawl out of my skin.
Does this serve any purpose? Well it made me call my best friend Stix, who by coincidence was also crawling the walls in South London over some family/money stresses. After about an hour of speaking at about 100 miles an hour and smoking eight cigarettes I have managed to finally get to work.
The time stress (and 100 mile an hour chat) has made me realise that I only have a certain amount of time to do things so I need to go in top level and see what I have to do and everything else will have to wait.
I did a Prince Two project management course a few weeks ago. As I wanted to use all the lessons from the course, I have fallen into my usual trap of over planning and not just doing.
So here is the summary of the key points I want to take from the course
1, Manage By Stages
I tend to think of every detail under the sun. My planning is so thorough I am imaging myself as CEO planning Olympic open ceremony sized events and the possible issues that may face me at this point.
Only plan for a appropriate stage and then don’t work past this
2, Organisation board
Create a board of people who are more established and experienced. Get them to act as your board to run your projects past and assure quality.
3, Work Packages
Create small packages of work. Be specific about what is needed and dates it will be sent back.
Allocate, receive, sign off. I am working on this today and will let you know how I get on.
4, Product Focused.
I’ve had so many enjoyable projects that I have loved but have made no money because I have been more focused on the activity, the event and the marketing then the actual product.
5, Lessons Learnt
I need to evaluate what was good and bad about my last projects and incorporate these lessons into the new project
So I’m going to just focus on these points and see how I get on. Time to get into my onesie and let the real work begin.
Yesterday I met my Mam before Sanga in St James Park. I had a rant about time. I am working on my project ‘The Nave’ while working full time and trying to buy a house with my boyfriend. I just got my schedule for June in work and I am travelling every week in the month. I love travel don’t get me wrong but I was just thinking WTF am I ever going to get this project out? Will I ever have fucking anything to show people? She dragged me to Waterstones and bought me this book.
She said don’t be so precious, people are interested in the journey.
My last two projects I worked on before this took 3 years and neither of them took off so in a way I had nothing to show for them. Obviously I learnt crazy amounts for me personally but no one ever knew. So this is my place to say fuck it lets show the ups and downs. May need a few more chapters of this to have the balls to own it though ha..