Life Isn’t Ops, It’s a Project…

Part of the definitive meaning of a project is that it is a temporary endeavor with a finite end. 

So often, we try to compartmentalize, process-ify, and micromanage life to some regular expression of expectation. By doing so, we risk our ability to adapt to an ever-changing landscape that can’t be neatly placed into a box and executed as if it were some sort of routine to be handled. 

Instead, it turns out that even though we can plan all we like, there are always going to be issues to be prioritized, risks to mitigate, changes to manage, and a constant re-baselining of scope, time, and resources. 
For all the many reasons, life is fluid, moving, and by definition…living. Therefore, so must we be, and not forgetting that life is not operations, but a project.


The Spin Before the Kick…

Sometimes, especially when it’s important, there may be spinning. 

Spinning can build momentum and energy until the just right moment.  

In order to take advantage of that momentum and energy, you must come out of the spin and kick into action.  Otherwise, you might be left dizzy from going in circles. 

Just like the wheels of a car spin just enough to catch the street, or a martial artist spins to exact a powerful kick, life and work often requires spinning.  Not forever, just enough. 

The busy and crazy can feel dizzying, but if you take action at the right moment, it might turn out that it was just the spin before the kick.