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The EBER Project -- Goals and Tasks

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Note: Big update to the Index Page...

One really common mistake people make in projects is confusing goals and tasks. It's such a common mistake that I recently slipped up on this myself during my last personal project (Project Ivy).

A goal is an end result that you want to accomplish. A task is a thing you will do to get to that end result. 

First issue: mistaking tasks for goals

When I started my project (about this time last year actually) I listed "get more outdoor exercise" as a goal. Certainly, getting more exercise isn't a bad idea, but if you think about it, it's not really a goal. The end result I wanted wasn't "more outdoor exercise" -- that was just a means to an end. Really my goals were:

Be more physically fit (which in itself is kind of a crappy goal -- more on this later)Spend more time outdoors The outdoor exercise was just a way of reaching those goals.
So why is this a problem? Well, if you have a small project this may not be a big …

The EBER Project - It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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You know how it goes. You start some new thing (class, project, exercise routine) and it's all rah! and charge! and jumping in with all kinds of energy... and then a few weeks later, you get burned out and it's not so great anymore. Or things are going OK, but then you get sick or something else comes along and it doesn't stick.

This is really common and happens all the time. And it derails even short-term efforts and goals. But let's be honest, three years is a long time. My energy is going to flag. I will get sick (I haven't been feeling that great actually). Work will get really busy (like right fucking now).

Something will come along -- something always comes along.

Which is why this is my mantra for long and complex projects: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint.



I'm currently planning for my project initiation and I've penciled it in for the autumn equinox. First, that's when I started my last project. Second, it's past Mercury retrograde. Third,…

America Eclipsed

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This is less a post than a public service announcement.

The eclipse is a bad omen (for the country it traverses, for the ruler of said country, for the people who live that shadow). The space weather is terrible specifically and in general. There is a potential for unrest and violence.

The science geek in me is looking forward to seeing the event, but the witch knows better than to try to make any magical goodness out of it.



Eyes up? Yes, but also head's down. Take care and stay safe.

The EBER Project -- Getting Started Guide

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For those of you who don't read every single thing I write (what's wrong with you?) EBER is my Early to Bed / Early to Rise Project... which isn't even an official project yet because I only just formulated the idea -- this is what beach vacations are good for.

So think of this as a pre-start-start of the project... and kind of a user's guide for those who want to follow along.

PMPM
For those of you who might be new, PMPM is practical magic project management. It's a way of leveraging the tools of classical project management for use in practical enchantment. But like regular project management, PMPM is technique agnostic. That means that you apply these skills to any kind of enchantment you prefer from witchcraft to chaos magic to Goetia. Just like I can use my PM skills to help create software, design a garden, support clients, make hardware, and so on. You do need to know something about these things in order to manage a project for one of them, but the PM skills…

The End of the Summer - and Things to Come

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For my birthday this year we took off for the coast again. The same place we went two years ago. Of course, Gordon recently wrote about how you never step in the same river twice and no place you return to is ever the same... that said, this particular house was alone at the center of a Venn diagram with circles labeled "beachfront" "hot tub" "available" and "we can remotely afford it." So off we went, and no it's not the same, but getting out of town is a good way to wrap up the summer.



So yeah, I've been out of the loop and things have been quiet around here, but not for long. August will always feel like the end of the summer and the start of a new year to me. Probably because I still remember the feeling of starting a new year of school (which where I'm from is mid-August, right after my birthday).

The past two years really have gone by in a flash. My job is still busy and I've had a lot of (admittedly very cool) travel this …

The Year of Being Agile -- Agile Risk Management, Informed Intuition, the Hard Part

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In our last installment, we collated a list of known risks in our lives and we identified the ones we could do something about. But that's the easy part and it's only a start.

It's much more important to identify the risks you don't know about, the "unknown unknowns" to quote some douchebag. And that's more challenging and doesn't just require objectivity, but also informed intuition.


This is going to touch on some some of my old posts, so I recommend following the links.

Here are the three approaches I've identified that can help you get a feel for where the risks are that aren't objectively obvious:

1. Divination
2. Fragility identification
3. Alternative analysis

Divination Divination loves dirty laundry. I've long found that the Tarot, for example, is better at delivering the bad news than the good. I used to think this was just me or the nature of the cards. After all, different types of divination have different modes, approaches, or …

Project Ivy: End Game

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I started my year-long personal PMPM project in 2016 on the autumn equinox. Therefore it's time to take a final look at what I wanted to accomplish before the project wrapup and post-mortem.

Of course, what I want to accomplish is less interesting (except to me obviously) than how to run a year-long project. So this won't be so much about my progress as the hows and whys of following and ranking progress on a long-term project. Note: see the Index for other posts in this series.

So, with just a couple of months to go, I decided to do a gap analysis. This involves looking at the original plan and comparing it to the current plan and status in order to identify anything else I want to focus on or wrap up before the project ends.

You should know that my project had several different goals that landed in different areas of my life. I tried to create a balance of mental, physical, emotional, and magical/spiritual items so that my project would be well-rounded and I could easily shi…