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I am the project - walking the work talk at home


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

One of my daily work activity in the past years have been project management. It's about creating a plan about something to reach, and then follow that plan until it is reached. Often the plan needs update, and the goal changes, but at the core, I see it as this planning-doing the plan.

However, it seemed difficult to use some of those "work skills" in my personal life. Because it's personal, so it's free, finally I don't have to focus, finally I want to do something that is not "work".

I have many friends, who implement a lot of planning and structure in their work life. Dealing with budgets, sticking to deadlines, figuring out ways on how to overcome obstacles. But to use these same skills in personal life - I don't know many friends who do.

For myself, it took some time until I discovered that I can use the same approach for myself in my healthy lifestyle that I use at work. To benefit from all the knowledge I acquired at work for my personal life. Set a goal, create a plan, and just go with the plan until I reach the goal to be healthy. In fact, the change started to happen when I first spent time, about a month planning how I will be healthy, instead of starting it right away. It was rather accidental, not intentional. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I used something I already have, but in a new way, reinventing the path.

Last week I was in Leuven, Belgium. One of my healthy habits is 10 min exercise, no matter what. My colleague was not able to run, so we made a loooong walk together to move some calories.


Now, in maintenance mode, I intentionally channel many of my R&D project manager "work skills" to be healthy, like:
- look up research articles on healthy living
- understand food labels in depth
- write constructive feedback/complaint to food manufacturers (either to give praise or request change)
- coach others for being healthy to keep my energy around healthy living and motivation
- use tracking and data analysis to understand what's happening
- explore new healthy technology/gadgets/ideas to give motivation (as an R&D engineer, I explore a lot of new technology and ideas)
- use Gestalt OD approach for my own process
- and so on

These are all things that are easy to use for me, because they are already in my skill-set. A discovery for me is that it doesn't feel "work" at all, it's fun.

I was wondering, what do you use from your "work skills" in your personal healthy lifestyle?

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Small update 21 Nov 23:02 Paris Time
Thank you for all the comments! You make me really happy! :-) :-)
I will be travelling this weekend for an MMFC event in Germany, I can come back to you to reply only on Monday and onwards.
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SUPERSYLPH 7/7/2013 11:01AM

    That's great! What useful work skills!

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NASFKAB 1/5/2013 5:32AM

  great job

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ADELCASALE 1/4/2013 1:48PM

    Nice going!

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NLYR20 12/18/2012 9:55AM

  Wonderful approach....

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LETHANIA 12/5/2012 5:08AM

    Great blog! Ten minutes each and every day is my new goal. ..... also sort of interesting is my father and I just had a long talk about planning and I was thinking exactly that, what if I applied those principals to this part of my life. It is crazy the way are and you'll hear a repeated theme over and over sometimes... its like.. hey are you getting it yet LOL.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/3/2012 9:12AM

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/27/2012 11:17PM

    Pretty awesome idea! Thanks :)

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WHITEANGEL4 11/26/2012 8:55PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharting

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HZGLORY 11/26/2012 12:54AM

    Really great Idea and I see it worked. I will have to think on all this a bit more. I am sure you are right and now I need to think how I can use my skills to bring myself success in my own personal journey, Thank you for getting me thinking. Susan

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1DRWOMAN 11/25/2012 5:22AM

    Great blog!

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SATCHMO99 11/24/2012 5:23AM

    A friend at work, who is a dance instructor in her spare time, got everyone at an All Staff meeting active and engaged by starting with swaying their hands side to side, then split us into 3 groups and got us Mexican waving. Sit down, stand up, sit down.

It sure got the blood pumping, and was so much fun.

Another time, in a team meeting, she got us to do a salsa dance before our meeting.

It boosts engagement, and creates a buzz, so everyone feels chatty and happy.

Gotta love Charlotte!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 11/24/2012 3:34AM

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LYDIASPURPLE 11/24/2012 1:07AM

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REENIE131 11/23/2012 11:31PM

    Awesome!

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TERRIJ7 11/23/2012 1:05PM

    That is a great way to look at my health journey. Thanks for sharing the insights

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KIMBOLEAN 11/23/2012 12:32PM

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TDWANDD2MYK9 11/23/2012 8:39AM

    Fantastic!

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THEIS58 11/23/2012 8:12AM

    Still like it!

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TINAJANE76 11/23/2012 12:41AM

    Super blog, Oliver! It's pretty ironic that many of us have had so much professional success but often have a hard time transferring those skills over to our personal lives to help us along with our weight loss and maintenance. Staying healthy sure feels like a job sometimes so maybe we need to become more serious about treating it like one!

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JIBBIE49 11/23/2012 12:09AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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STUFFNEARTABOR 11/22/2012 11:42PM

    Great Blog - I'm loving the application of the planning process @ home!

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KIMBERTA99 11/22/2012 11:39PM

    You continue to amaze me with your hard work and dedication!! emoticon

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5KYOURWAY 11/22/2012 11:10PM

    yes little reminders through the day.

making it a little slot like a fast break 10 minute focus on healthy me.

simple but effective.

i am going to get the spark book to study.

consider 10 minutes exercise with staff during my shift.

something fun to generate some humour.

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J2740LOU 11/22/2012 9:35PM

    emoticon Great idea. Apply work skills to your personal life. Thanks for sharing a great approach to addressing and solving a life style change. emoticon

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HDHAWK 11/22/2012 8:25PM

    Great blog! I have many skills I use at work. I will think about using them to get healthy!

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SUSHMASH 11/22/2012 8:17PM

  Great blog Oliver . I like the title too . Cheers emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/22/2012 5:33PM

    Great blog, makes one think

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HEIDIE6 11/22/2012 5:19PM

  GREAT BLOG--THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS. emoticon

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MYBULLDOGS 11/22/2012 2:32PM

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WALLINMW 11/22/2012 1:10PM

  stay motivated

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TRISHMO1 11/22/2012 1:08PM

  Great blog emoticon

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CRAZYGYMGIRL 11/22/2012 12:52PM

    Until I read this, I hadn't realized that I'm doing the same thing. Worked in several areas and have skills including budget, project management, research and negotiations. I have a very detailed plan for a healthy lifestyle which includes budget, tools, timelines, checkpoints and I evaluate on a regular basis to determine if I need to modify the plan. I keep track of the various components of my plan on a series of spreadsheets. Interesting way of looking at this journey of ours... I am the project. And at the end, when the goal is completed, you can't just drop the whole thing. The product requires continued monitoring and maintenance.... brilliant.

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NASFKAB 11/22/2012 9:53AM

  great ideas thanks

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TWNOMWE 11/22/2012 9:47AM

    emoticon great blog and wonderful ideas.

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THEIS58 11/22/2012 6:34AM

    Just great- thanks!

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LEANMEAN2 11/22/2012 6:30AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CM_GARDNER78 11/21/2012 11:42PM

    What a fantastic idea. I kind of was on this wave length, and blogged something similar as you - but you put it very eloquently! I think that this is a GREAT idea to use your skills in other areas, and apply them to weight loss! Thanks for a great blog!

~ Christa

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/21/2012 11:15PM

  Excellent thoughts. Also, enjoyed seeing your views! emoticon emoticon

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PYNETREE 11/21/2012 11:08PM

    Great way to implement your talents!

Loved that you shared the picture from your travels! You really get around! emoticon Do you always travel so much?




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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 11/21/2012 9:57PM

    Fabulous blog!

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TIMDEB 11/21/2012 9:41PM

  cool

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