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21 ways to be a better Project Professional

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

How do you feel about your life as a Project Manager? Do you live every day in excitement? Do you look forward to what's coming up next? Are you doing your best life as a Project Manager?

If your answer to any of the above is a no, not sure, or maybe, that means you're not living you are doing your fullest as a Project Manager. This really shouldn't be the case, because your life experience is yours to create. We all have good days and bad days, and the most important thing is to make the best out of each day, regardless of the good or bad.

Ultimately, we only have one life to live. We can't control all the bad things that happen, but we can change our attitude toward them -- and in the process, shape our future and create our most amazing life experience.

In this post, I want to share 21 timeless tips to live your best life as a Project Professional. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed by these 21 tips -- use them as a guide, and focus on applying just one or two a day. As you work on these tips, you'll find yourself becoming more conscious and more proactive in creating the life of your dreams. Be sure to bookmark or print out this page and refer to it daily!

Here are 21 ways to live your life to the fullest as a Project Professional.

1. Live every day on a fresh new start. Don't be held back by what happened yesterday, the day before, the week before, the year before, or even decades ago. Project is always a short endeavor, so perform in the present moment.

2. Be true to who you are. Stop trying to please other people or to be someone else. In the Project scenario, sometimes it is difficult to please all stakeholders. It's better to be an original version of yourself rather than be an exact duplicate of someone else.

3. Quit complaining. There would be many instances in the project where you might face problems. Stop complaining about your problems and work on them instead.

4. Be proactive. Project demands being proactive always. Stop waiting for others around you to do something and take action yourself instead.

5. Rather than think "what if," think "next time." There might be instances where you can't change certain items so don't think of it much. Instead, focus on the things you can act on and move on the project. That's the most constructive thing you can do in any situation.

6. Focus on WHAT vs. How. On a project front where you need to understand requirements first. Focus on WHAT you want first before you think about HOW to do it. Anything is possible as long as you set your mind, heart, and soul to it.

7. Create your own opportunities. You will get numerous opportunities while you work on Project rather you can wait or create opportunities Creating opportunities is definite and much more empowering.

8. Live consciously each day. Stop sleepwalking through the project life cycle. Your life is something to be experienced, not coasted through.

9. Be committed to your growth. You need to be life long learner to become successful in your project profession. Take courses. Self-reflect. Build on your strengths. Don't rely on the feeling of familiarity but focus on what will enable you to grow the most.

10. Know your inner self. This means knowing who you are and what you represent. Be clear of your personal identity.

11. Discover your Project purpose. Set the mission statement for your project, one that will drive you to perform on your Project to the fullest.

12. Perform in alignment with your Project purpose. What can you start doing immediately that will let you perform 100% in alignment with your Project purpose? How can you live true to your purpose within every situation you are in, every second of the day?

13. Set your Project commandments. Define your Project commandments to perform your best version.

14. Discover your values. Values are the essence of what makes you. You need to be driven by certain values like honesty, integrity, accuracy, speed, etc.

15. Hold yourself to the highest conduct. Every one of us has our own set of ethics and principles. Live true to them every day. Also, live in full alignment with your Project purpose,

commandments and values.

16. Stop putting activities on hold. Are you putting any parts of your Project on hold? What is one area of your Project you have been putting off, avoiding or denying? Uncover that and start working on it.

17. Create your Project handbook. Your Project life handbook is your personal manual to live your best version, containing your mission statement, values, goals, personal strengths, blind spots, and action plans. Start off with a few basic pages, and then build on them.

18. Design your ideal Project life. What is your ideal Project life? Design it. Firstly, assess your Project via the Project wheel. Then, ask yourself what it takes to perform a 10/10 life. What is the action that will make you shout for joy? There are no limits in life — only those you set for yourself!

19. Set your goals. After you design your ideal Project life, set your 5-year, 3-year, and 1-year goals. The more specific they are, the better!

20. Take action on your goals and dreams. Create an action plan for your goals and work on it!

21. Create your bucket list, It is a list of things to do during the life cycle of the project. Then, get out there to achieve them.

These principles are elaborated which suits to project environment and project professionals. You may also apply the same to your life. Life is also a Project. Live it to the fullest, to the best of your abilities. We shall build to this list in the coming days. You may also add up to this list based on your experiences.

Rupesh Pimple

Project Professional

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