The biggest question I hear from experienced project managers who are not yet at the top of their career is: ‘How can I get more time to think?’
It’s easy for a project manager to get overly tied up with your day-to-day project issues. So, the time to think with care about what’s happening – and what’s not – seems a luxury.
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Set aside half an hour each week. Book it as a private meeting if that helps. And take yourself off to a quiet place or a café. Take nothing with you but a notebook and a pen. And for half an hour, let your mind wander over your project.
I have found that on around half the times I do this, nothing much comes to me. But it’s the other times that matter. Then, I’ve had valuable insights into things we’re missing. Or notice trends or patterns we need to be aware of.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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