In my professional and personal self, regardless of which meaning chosen, I pretty much suck at both. I have endless lists about with all sorts of projects from New Year Resolve to Be’s (a project always under construction) to Readying for the Holidays.
In case you didnt realize, that pretty much captures anything and everything in the year.
And I have lists to better organize my day(s) personally and professionally. I have to admit, as much as I attempt, I have one internal list that trumps them all, and I do as I’ve always done – the relaxing 30 minutes or followed by the mad dash to get out the door to the officiana. On the drive in, I am a spur of the moment kinda gal-stop for coffee or don’t, take this route or that one, stop for snacks at the office for later, well, okay, that one is determined by a real need as in “will I snack on what I already have or not?”.
BTW- I can project things- tho I am a girl, I don’t throw like a girl.
I have the best boss a gal could have. He shares his knowledge of the biz, he’s supportive but firm, and he knows I work best under hard deadlines. And he knows I really am fearful of projects as in PowerPoint sort of projects. He probably knows that right now, I am freaking out on this project that I have to have completed tomorrow (I have sorta started on it – I got the ideas at least), and I will get it finished. It will be fine.
But until it all comes together, I am going to fret for another oh, seven or eight hours. And try to catch some sleep during small fret breaks.
Which brings me to this- do not underestimate the value of a relationship.
I am successful at what I do because I work internally with some really great people. I work with externally really great people. While I am working at my position, I have relationships with folks that work in their positions. We work together like a finely oiled machine. Together, we achieve success because we know the capabilities of each other, and we know when to reach out, ask a favor and get the favor returned.
It’s that “You do me a solid, I do you a solid”.
My project is all about a solid being done for me and me returning that solid. Well, that’s simplified. I have to show the financial value of the solid, the ease of making the solid work if something changes, and the return of investment, and more stuff that really should have a few charts, graphs and a flow chart or two would be nice.
See, I have it in my head.
How do you put all that in a nice PowerPoint with a cool ass big bow?
I leave you with this-
“I speak to everyone the same, whether the garbage man or the president of the university.” Paraphrased Albert Einstein