Putting Things In Perspective

Putting Things In Perspective

The last few weeks I’ve been focusing on numerous things.  I’ve been working 3-4 hours a night, preparing to launch a product to the Project Management community.  I’ve been writing at least one blog post every day.  I engage my client for at least 8 hours a day.  Lastly, I’ve been reading a lot more blogs, in the hope to understand the perspective of others.  That’s just the work list!  Time I get to spend with family is limited to a brief few hours a night and on the weekends.  I thought I had figured it out.  Sleep less, drink more coffee, work harder, engage more.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  I love this roller-coaster I’m currently on.  Yesterday the roller-coaster stopped, at least momentarily.  I received an email from my work counterpart yesterday morning.

I had mild chest and shoulder pains this morning. I am in the ER waiting to see the doctor. I’ll let you know the outcome and my status shortly.

I can’t remember a time when I stopped and just thought what would happen if we lost her.  I’m not saying that in a selfish way, in relation to the program.  She’s what Seth Godin would define as a linchpin.  Though yes, she is a very passionate and intelligent leader. I mean personally.  This is someone’s daughter,  someone’s wife, and many a someone’s friend.

I don’t think my vantage point has changed.  I’m still as stubborn as I was 2 days ago.  I’m just as determined to sleep less, drink more coffee, work harder and engage more.  But, it really did make me take pause, put things in perspective, and appreciate the people I interact with.

Your life is like a project.  It is a temporary endeavor.

4 Replies to “Putting Things In Perspective”

    1. I’m happy to report she is doing very well. Too often we become so emotionally vested in a project that it bleeds into our personal lives. It consumes us.

      I keep saying not to take work outcomes personally. But, I’m very hypocritical. Of course I take it personally! When will we learn?

  1. Truer words were never spoken. We PMs need to be especially sensitive to that. As a rule we work too much, shoulder too much responsibility and forget about what’s really important. I hope your colleague is OK.
    .-= Geoff Crane´s last blog ..I Second That Emotion =-.

    1. I’m happy to report she is doing very well. Too often we become so emotionally vested in a project that it bleeds into our personal lives. It consumes us.

      I keep saying not to take work outcomes personally. But, I’m very hypocritical. Of course I take it personally! When will we learn?

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