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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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PRINCESSAMY 11/21/2012 11:19AM

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/21/2012 11:04AM

    Thanks for sharing. I do somewhat the same thing, but only because SparkPeople helped me to see how to do it!

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EUEK098 11/21/2012 11:03AM

    Spend hours walking about at work, so on my days off I stay just active.

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PATRICIAANN46 11/21/2012 11:03AM

  I am a retired teacher and when I was teaching had to be VERY organized. Since joining Spark, I have implemented most of my organizational skills into planning for a day filled with healthy activities. I am busier now as a retiree than I was when I worked full-time, so organization is still paying off.
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SUNSHINE192DAY 11/21/2012 10:56AM

    I run a daycare so I use "play time" as my exercise time!

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MOMMY445 11/21/2012 10:51AM

    such a great blog! thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day! you can do this! you are worth it!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 11/21/2012 10:42AM

    Awesome stuff!! Thanks!

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DEEJACKSON 11/21/2012 10:34AM

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Great Blog!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 11/21/2012 10:34AM

    Great idea - thanks for sharing!
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BUSMOM27 11/21/2012 10:24AM

    Great tips

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ROMEOSMOM27 11/21/2012 10:18AM

    Great story I enjoyed reading this blog. emoticon

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MRSKATEDUVALL 11/21/2012 10:10AM

    I am a social worker, and am in business of helping people change. Occasionally, I can carry an insight into my health journey. tracking and celebrating small successes are key for both work and home.

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SOCDIRECTOR 11/21/2012 10:07AM

    WOW! Such insights into work/personal relations via the project mgt model. Thanks for sharing!

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HEARTS116 11/21/2012 10:03AM

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Great blog!

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JELLYBELLY221 11/21/2012 10:00AM

    This is like my sales mantra: Plan your work and work your plan.

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NANCYPAT1 11/21/2012 9:59AM

    Great blog

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8THTIMEUP 11/21/2012 9:57AM

    I'm a safety director at a manufacturing plant. Some things that I bring from work include a focus on safety while running/biking. I make sure to run facing traffic and bike with traffic. I also wear my high visibility/reflective vest when exercising outside after dark. Bike helmets are a must in my household!

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LANAHAUTH21 11/21/2012 9:50AM

  What a great idea. I am going to try to use your idea. Thanks

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GIRLINMOTION 11/21/2012 9:49AM

    What great ways to spend time on your own health and by writing to food manufacturers helping others.

I keep telling people who are struggling with their weight to try SparkPeople and the importance of tracking and exercise. But until they to it themselves there is not much more I can do than be living proof it works (five years maintaining).

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/21/2012 9:45AM

    Thank you for sharing the ideas. I just use spark people tools.

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JOYFULME01 11/21/2012 9:18AM

  This was great information. I enjoyed it immensely and will work to implement your ideas in my own life journey. Thanks for sharing!

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WILSONWR 11/21/2012 9:17AM

    I set goals, milestones, and objectives, but I haven't gone as far as you in the other tools you can use. Good ideas! Thanks.

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NANCY- 11/21/2012 9:14AM

    My skill that I use is Brainstorming. This way it is easy to come up with Plan B or even Plan C if need be.

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NIKKIJ55 11/21/2012 9:10AM

    Great information. Thanks for sharing

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/21/2012 9:09AM

    Fantastic blog! I particularly love that you make a point of providing feedback to food manufacturers - I should start doing that too! My big thing is sodium - there are SO many foods I refuse to buy because they're just so unnecessarily loaded with sodium. Yet otherwise they could be healthy! I should start writing to the companies that over-salt their foods and tell them so. Thanks for the ideas!

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CINCYCHIC27 11/21/2012 9:08AM

    I am also in project management. My friends laugh at me all the time for using these skills in my personal life. I create project plans for nearly everything. When I was getting married. When I was pregnant. Even for the holiday schedule.
It helps me maintain order in a world full of chaos.

Thanks for the reminder that I am not alone!

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DJSHIP46 11/21/2012 9:04AM

    I'm retired, but I have a skill set similar to yours that I learned at work. Thanks for sharing

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/21/2012 8:57AM

    Hmm I don't work outside the home and never worked much before I got married. Will have to look up Gestalt OD process. Sounds good! Glad it is working well for you!

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HLOCHRIDGE 11/21/2012 8:55AM

    Great blog!

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LINWINAGAIN 11/21/2012 8:51AM

    good ideas, thanks!

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ANNE1123 11/21/2012 8:48AM

    For me, when I first began changing my eating habits and exercise, the whole idea of writing things down seemed foreign for nutrition & lifestyle goals. Keeping a journal and food diary are now a major component to my organizational skills that I would have used in college and small business practices.


Thanks for making your blog post!! Take care!

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NEPTUNE1939 11/21/2012 8:45AM

    I'm retired!

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DESERTJULZ 11/21/2012 8:40AM

    Good tips, thank you.

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DOLLFACEDX 11/21/2012 8:35AM

    emoticon for the ideas.

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FARIS71 11/21/2012 8:34AM

    Wow - that is sparking a lot of ideas for me. Part of my job is employee wellness, so that helps me keep in line usually. But yes, the plan, do check, adjust is applicable anywhere!

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/21/2012 8:33AM

    I just eat healthy and do some walking and everything falls into place and I maintain my weight.

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LTMURPHY7 11/21/2012 8:24AM

 

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ISHIIGIRL 11/21/2012 8:19AM

    I tend to use my organizational skills, communication skills, and problem solving skills. And the biggest thing that has helped me is always having a plan B. Can't run? Then walk. Dvd player not working, use the computer. Internet down? Change course. if you don't limit yourself to plan A, the possibilities are endless.

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JERICHO1991 11/21/2012 8:16AM

    Good application ideas. Thank you.

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KRICKET57 11/21/2012 8:15AM

    Great blog with some good food for thought. Thank you for sharing.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/21/2012 8:13AM

    Well put. We have the tools, it is a matter of learning to use them, and the ability to look outside of the box and be creative. emoticon emoticon

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MIMIDOT 11/21/2012 8:11AM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing.

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FATBASTICH 11/21/2012 8:08AM

    I find myself putting together my project management skills and planning skills.

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INGMARIE 11/21/2012 8:06AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/21/2012 8:03AM

    Very cool idea & perspective.

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COURTNEYANNEMT 11/21/2012 8:00AM

  Thank you for bringing in the management perspective.

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DEBLYNN323 11/21/2012 7:56AM

    It's a learning process...great job finding ways to maintain your health/well-being.

Thanks for sharing!

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CICELY360 11/21/2012 7:42AM

  good blog

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CFMOSS 11/21/2012 7:40AM

    Nice - well stated - it's a good thing that cleaning burns some calories since my the academic side of my life is on a side burner for these years.

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KNYAGENYA 11/21/2012 7:40AM

    Organizational skills

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