Project *life* Planning

It’s while I was in one of my stray thoughts that I happened to land on this one. Well, I am into project management and all so basically I have gotten to learn and read a lot with regards to managing projects. And it’s different phases, there’s one called “Project Planning”…among all the 5 phases it has, ok depending on the structure you use, this is my most favorite phase.

Basically, the above are the components of project planning.  So being me as usual, I shall redirect my discussion to LIFE!

Have you ever realized that life is actually like a project. It has all the qualities of a project.

It’s time bound – I mean it has a start (birth) and an end(death).

It’s Unique – No two life’s are the same. They’re totally different.

It changes – different aspects of our life keep changing at different times

It has defined outcomes –  life has various defined outcomes based on our inputs.

It’s a one-off event – We live life once.

So the reason I like project planning with relation to life, is that “Life just doesn’t happen. Okay well sometimes it does” contradictory statement. From the time one was born, you’re parent’s planned for you some even from conception, even the society does. Ever wondered why women’s pregnancies are divided into trimesters and why they have to visit ante-natal and post-natal clinics, this is because a plan has been developed whereby the woman is given a schedule of time and costs as well as other resources.

Once a life begins *birth*,  you realise that mostly everything has been planned for you. Actually you are like a project team member, then *The Folks* are the Project Managers. The most basic example is 8.4.4 that’s more in the education sector, then there’s character and personality, whereby you are taken to parties, visiting friends ad relatives and so on.

There are quite a couple of assumptions made in your life because you cannot plan every aspect of it…i mean you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, also there a couple of restrictions it could come from within or from an exterbal body (parents, laws&regulations and so on)

Somewhere in the middle of your life the people who used to plan for you, those project managers in your life *The Folks* have to now retire, while now you are elevated from a project team member of your own project life to a project manager. I mean now it’s all in your hands.You are the one allocating resources, scheduling and budgeting for your own life.

Your plan is the one that defines your outcome. If you have poor plans then that means that the execution will bear results that are of poor quality as well.

Like seriously, a couple of times i’ve realised that if you don’t plan your life … Then you end up settling for less than what you actually deserve. In that most of the time people tend to jump into the design and implementation stage before planning and that’s why most of the time we turn out with raw deals or outcomes that doesn’t match what we had envisioned in the design.

Very simple things in life require planning: Relationships, Career, Family. Yeah Yeah, you probably thinking i’m taking it too far. I can bet most of you have ever come across something called goals. At the planning stage one should actually formulate goals. Which is what you want and what you want to achieve at the end of it all…they are more like requirements or specifications.

The goals/specifications/requirements one makes should always be SMART:

  • Specific – Straight to the point
  • Measurable – can be quantified applies for both tangible and intangible i.e in terms of worth, value, satisfaction, quality
  • Attainable – something that’s within your ability to do
  • Realistic – Don’t build castles in the air!
  • Time-bound – have durations. For example New Year resolutions, 5yr’s, 10yrs.

Once everything is planned accordingly and it makes sense, then implementation will be a success. For example if you are looking for a job, mingling for a spouse, starting a family…hehe. Sometimes planning is the best way to define what exactly you want, and after that you will only have an eye for that which you  have envisioned. Of course it doesn’t take a day or two to be able to carry out a plan.

Just like a flower doesn’t grow in a day, you know what I’m saying just be patient and it will blossom into something beautiful. There’s a quote that goes like — “All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today”

In conclusion, a goal without a plan is just but a mere wish. You need to figure out how you want to achieve that goal. And then act on it.

PS: You can’t plant a tomato and expect to harvest a pumpkin #justsaying or even plant that tomato seed and expect it to grow into healthy tomatoes without giving it water, right temperature, manure and so on.


This comes from one of my favorite bible verses Jeremiah 29:11


“When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.”

“It pays to plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”


Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*