Friday, April 27, 2018

Unclutter Your Mind

I am in the process of running a time management course for the staff of the rugby club and it is quite like old times. Getting people to find out exactly what they do and why they do it is the first step, then they can move on to identifying the things that matter and concentrate on them. Hopefully they will stop doing the things that don't matter for that is the way.

The Way  
The wise project manager understands the purpose of methodologies, tools and techniques and knows if and when to use them, but he allows them to fade into the background.  He is following a process of uncluttering his mind and simplifying his work.  As he relies less on knowing what he should do, his work becomes more powerful.  His consciousness is far more potent than any methodology.  

By giving up trying to do the right thing, the project manager and the team will become far more fruitful, for this is the way of the project manager.  

The Tao  
Lao Tzu tells us:  

In the pursuit of learning,  
Every day something is added.  
In the practice of the Tao,  
Every day something is dropped.  

Less and less is done  
Until non-action is achieved.  
When nothing is done,  
Nothing remains undone.  

True mastery is gained,  
By letting things take their course,  
Not by interfering.