What To Look For In a Project Management System

Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about the value of DOUBLING DOWN on ONE project.


This is so valuable for FOCUS and MEANINGFUL PROGRESS.


It’s simple and will give you that feeling of lying your head down on the pillow at night knowing exactly what you accomplished and how those accomplishments move you closer to your goals. Something we all could use right now, right?!


I also suggest using this focus on one project as a great time to hone your project management skills. A lot of us don’t use project management, but it’s essential for setting realistic goals, hitting deadlines, and asking for help.


[If you need some support in implementing a project management system, please join us in 4-Week Project Jumpstart. Enrollment closes April 14th and we’ll get started April 21st.]


But what makes a good project management system?


Here’s what I look for in a project management system:


  • Enables flexibility. You don’t want a rigid system because life isn’t rigid. Things come up and you’ve got to be able to adapt. You need structure, but you can’t get thrown off every time plans change.


  • Accommodates different work and productivity styles. Not everyone works in the same way. Some people like long periods of focused work and some like to grab shorter moments throughout the day. Some of us like to plug away a little each morning and some do marathon sessions on the weekend. Your project management system shouldn’t prescribe how you work - it should enable the work style you already have.

  • Tool agnostic. Do you already use Asana? Great! Trello? Also, great! Paper and pencil? That works, too. A tool is not a system and a good system should work with any tool that you’re comfortable with.

  • Enable continuous improvement. You learn as you go and with new information you may do things differently. An effective system recognizes this and makes intentional space to reflect on improvement.

  • Simple to learn and implement. This is key because the real work is in getting your project done and out in the world, not learning a new system. Learning the system should not be a project in itself.


[If you need some support in implementing a project management system, please join us in 4-Week Project Jumpstart. Enrollment closes April 14th and we’ll get started April 21st.]


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