I'm a Project Manager by trade, and I'm beginning to think that there's a lot of parallels between this process and managing a project.
What really made me think about it is that all the time, projects are delayed, go over-budget, or develop what is called "scope creep".
Delay: This has definitely happened with my plan. My goal was to be at 165 lbs. by October 23rd, and when I set the goal it was SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound). Now, it's not so Achievable or Realistic. I've been making progress, but I've crunched the numbers, and that weight is not realistic for October 23rd.
So I'm doing what all good project managers would do. Talking to the stakeholders (me and The Spark), and mutually agreeing to re-baseline the plan. New goal to be firmly out of 170-ville by my birthday.
As far as the scope creep, by developing the healthy habits that I've been working on, I'm beginning to realize all sorts of things that I can use with this great new functionality. I'm going to set more goals, add more requirements to my project, and develop rigorous success criteria. Scope creep is normally terrible for projects, but in my case, this project can go on longer than The Big Dig, so it's nothing to worry about!
I've decided to start putting together some project documentation, and will share soon!
Some ideas: A Project Charter, Statement of Work, Requirements Document, Specifications, Success Criteria, Lessons Learned, Issues, Risks, Action Items, Assumptions, User Acceptance Testing.
LOL, I think this will be fun, and I think a way for me to have a greater perspective on the overall plan.