The Power of Project Management in Your Personal Life


The term “project manager” can be used loosely to describe anyone assuming the responsibility of seeing a project through its completion.

As a Project Manager at Urban Influence, my job is defined by my ability to plan and execute a project successfully. I spend my day juggling the invisible constraints of the “P.M. Triangle” – navigating the delicate balance between budget, schedule and scope.

I love the never-ending to-do’s, the rush of a tight deadline and the satisfaction of a milestone met and exceeded. But while a challenging client calendar may make my heart skip a beat, my personal goals frequently feel out-of-reach… and are often left to collect dust in the dark recesses of my mind.

Most Project Managers are hard-wired for the role, but we’ve often received training to do what we do in the workplace. We shell out hundreds of dollars for advanced management degrees, seek out advice from well-seasoned mentors and spend hours scouring industry blogs. Meanwhile, we rarely apply those techniques in seeing our personal goals to completion.

This hit home when I read the latest post from self-improvement guru, Tim Ferriss. Ferriss became an overnight sensation when he applied an analytical, science-based approach to learning San Shou (a.k.a. Chinese kickboxing), taking home first place at the National Championships just a few short months after picking up the sport. Dubbed “lifestyle design,” he now shares his techniques for accomplishing just about anything.

It was no surprise, then, that he would invite Ben from The Buried Life to guest post on his blog. The Buried Life boys began a personal journey to tackle a long bucket list, comprised of seemingly “unattainable” goals. Six years later, they’ve completed more than 80% of the list. To quote Ferriss,

“It started with a list of 100 things and a planned two-week roadtrip. Along the way, Ben somehow managed to play basketball with Obama, throw the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game, deliver a baby (not his), make the biggest roulette spin in Vegas’ history, and much more.”

In his post, Ben breaks down the process for accomplishing dreams into 6 simple and inspirational steps.

Step #1: “Stop and think about it. Really think about it.” 

Start now by joining us in the conversation… Post one thing you want to do before you die. 

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