Showing posts from September, 2015

Chop Wood, Carry Water

Sometimes I get sick of being so practical.

Last night I spent time talking philosophy and culture with some very smart folks at a party. Tonight I'm going to do some major witchcraft under the supermoon lunar eclipse (I keep reading on fluffy Wicca sites that it's unwise or dangerous to do magic during an eclipse... well, I certainly don't need any more excuse than that). It's a glowing September day, the blahs of the equinox are behind me (this is part of my next energy post, but my personal cycle has me feeling low during the equinoxes) and I'm looking forward to Hallows, the dark of winter, and the lights of the holiday season. I have several magical projects lined up (one for the partial solar eclipse). Not to mention the energy as we head into the predicted upheavals of next week.

It feels magical and wyrde and wonderful and terrible. It's almost painful to have to think of the practical and day-to-day, of logistics and project management and organization…

PMPM Execution -- Energy Part One: Diagnosing the Problem

So, you have a project, but despite knowing what you need to do, you're just not getting it done. One of the most common excuses for not doing things we should be doing is that we don't have enough time. I've used this excuse myself a number of times. But it's almost always bullshit.

Everyone has the exact same amount of time in their day, week, and month. Exactly the same number of seconds. No one gets any more time than anyone else. Sure, some of us end up with more days and weeks and months before we kick off to whatever's next. But for each day we're alive, we all get the same impressive 1440 minutes (or an astonishing 86400 seconds).

So it's not that you don't have enough time, it's either that:
You have too much to doYou're prioritizing what you're doing wrongYou don't have enough energy In rare cases, you find people who really do just have too much to do. I remember a period right after the kid was born. I was back at work full ti…

PMPM - Project Execution... Get Shit Done

In any project, whether magical or mundane, the bulk of the effort goes into actually doing the work. That is, executing the tasks in the project. This is the Project Execution phase (shouting "off with your head!" while striking stuff off your todo list is optional though).

The good news is that unlike mundane project management, the act of planning can actually begin to manifest the results you want. The bad news is that you don't have a whole team of people to execute your plan for you. It's all on you (and maybe your servitors and spirits). That means we're going to segue away from a lot of formal project management (the kind that's meant for guiding and managing teams of others).

Because if you aren't getting the stuff done you want to get done, it's your fault. Physician heal thyself. And lets be honest, even if you know what you want and the steps you need to take to get there, it can be really hard to actually do it. Now if you are marching al…

Deeper Content Email Re-check

I had an unfortunate email incident and lost some important content. If you previously signed up for the deeper content emails for the PMPM series, please re-email me at Sorry for any inconvenience and if you don't know what I'm talking about, go here.

It's not too late for new signups. If you sign up now, I'll be happy to send the previous emails as well.

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping

It's t-minus 1935 right now. Eighty years isn't a bad run, but it's small consolation. And everybody knows it, even if they don't believe it. If you said it 18 months or even a year ago, they'd roll their eyes and privately sort you with the tinfoil hat crowd. Now they laugh nervously, worriedly.

So in light of an explosive refuge crises, rising tensions in the East and the West, tides of expansionism/militarism/nationalism/terrorism, the kind of weather that makes you think of bible stories, and the first skirmishes of an all out race war here in the US... I decided to upgrade my wardrobe.

Yeah, I know how shallow and pointless that sounds, but there's a method to my madness. I'm trying to level up at work. I've been given new responsibilities and an opportunity to turn that into a career step up. My current position is has a rare level of stability for my industry, and this new opportunity will both cement my value at my current company while strength…

PMPM -- Planning Part Three

Part One
Part Two

Finally, we're coming to the end of planning. There seems to be a lot of planning, doesn't there? Well yeah, but there are reasons for that:
Full disclosure -- when you're a project manager for a living, you can't really underestimate planning. It's like a tax accountant telling you that professional preparation isn't really important or a realtor reminding you that you can save thousands by selling your house yourself.When you are looking at a very big or complex project, it's only fair that the planning portion will also be big, it should scale in relation to the size and scope of the project itself.It works. Seriously, if you want specific results from your life, you need to get specific on how to accomplish those results. If you want to end up right over there (rather than just wherever life takes you) you need to figure out what road goes to that place and how to travel on it. Still, and I really can't emphasize this enough, you als…