Spring cleaning… We all need to do it. It may seem like a cumbersome task, but the result of being organized is worth it. Maybe you find a new place to store that antique lamp your aunt passed down to you three years ago, or maybe you find some forgotten treasures that bring back fond memories of you and your loved ones. Either way, the outcome is ORGANIZATION. Clean out the old, organize the current, make space for the new.
When it comes to managing your projects it’s crucial to make sure your queue stays tidy and focused. Spring cleaning is an important process in order to evaluate either projects your business has been stalled on and that need wrapped up, projects currently being worked on, or projects being volleyed for that will soon fall into the queue. It’s crucial to make sure your queue stays tidy and focused.
Here are 3 key areas of project management that would benefit from spring cleaning:
1. Dust off the forgotten projects
Ever do some deep cleaning in your basement and find an old board game or a VHS tape (remember those?) and can’t wait to dust it off and show it to your kids? A simple treasure like that is bound to bring you closer with your family and give them insight into ‘the way things used to be.’
When it comes to managing projects, don’t forget to dust off the projects that have been sitting around for a while. Those projects could end up being a hidden treasure that you can close and end up pushing you closer to your revenue goals.
2. Organize your current projects
When we deep clean our houses, we tend to have specific items that we know won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. For me, that’s a collection of Charming Tails figurines I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away. Those figurines will never be moved from my living room. BUT they do sometimes need shifted around and paid attention to, to make sure I’m treating them with the reverence they deserve.
As we work to bring in projects to our pipeline, it can be easy to add in projects and quickly move on to the next thing. Moving too quickly can cause us to forget to really massage those projects and make sure we have all the information we need and treat them with the care they deserve. Projects that quickly become forgotten can get frustrated with you or even move on to another company. Be sure to spend adequate time with each current project so they know they are still important to you.
3. Make space for the new
Often when cleaning and organizing, we don’t realize that in doing so we are making space to create new memories in our homes. As those new memories start to stream into our lives, we realize how well they fit into the rest of the memories we’ve cherished for so long.
Make sure to make room in your hectic schedule for the new projects. Even if you have 30 emails to respond to and 4 conference calls to make – create time to pursue the new lead that just skipped across your desk. That project will naturally fall into rotation with everything else.
Project management can be hectic, organizing can be messy, and dusting is dirty. As you pursue spring cleaning of your ongoing projects (and let’s face it, you probably need to work on that basement at home a bit too) focus on the positive results you’ll see from handling this dirty project. You’ll close up old projects faster, handle current projects better and more personably, and be making space for brand new projects to fall into the queue. Use this spring to turn over a new leaf in your business.
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“Cleaning and organizing is a practice not a project.” – Meagan Francis