This Guest paper was submitted for publication in January 2018.
It is copyright to David Miller.
Published here March 2018

Introduction | Why Resolutions are Hard to Keep 
How to Make Achievable Resolutions | Project Management Resolutions Worth Taking
Confront your Problems | Celebrate Success | Enhance your Skills
Use Technology More | Conclusion

Use Technology More

It is great to have experience and gut feeling to work on your projects and even deal with unexpected obstacles based on your intuition. But if you want to truly succeed as a project manager, learn to embrace technology for executing your projects and managing your team.

Guesswork and intuition is unpredictable and more often than not, can lead to wrong conclusions. Instead, you should focus on being more data-oriented and take quantitative decisions. This is not as easy as it sounds, that's why it should be your resolution this year.

Try to learn about the latest tools and software out there that help you reach your true potential. Deploy a project management software that suits your needs. Even a simple project management software program can go a long way in taking the pressure off so that you can have the peace of mind you deserve.

It would help you in planning, managing, reporting, and all other phases of the whole project management lifecycle. Besides, it presents you with a lot of data that you can process and analyze to gain deep insights in your project lifecycle and draw actionable conclusions to improve your methodology. Make sure it is another resolution that you take in the current year.

Progress over perfection

Perfectionism is a trait that is often found among many project managers. While it is great that you deter under-par work in your projects, there is seldom a need to be overly obsessed over perfection. Many-a-time, the need of the hour is to do "just good" work instead of excellent. But our perfectionist tendencies dictate us to rework again and again on the same piece of work instead of sending the work forward for approval.

Have you ever been in a situation where you rejected the report your team-member made, just because some of the formatting was not as per your taste? There can be many such instances, and they all hamper the progress of your project besides creating unnecessary pressure on you and your team. That does not mean that you should reduce the quality of your work. It just means stop nit-picking and polishing otherwise good work. Also, be open to feedback and work on it to improve continuously.

So, it is important to take a resolution that puts progress ahead of perfection to achieve more in life.

Enhance your Skills  Enhance your Skills

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