Life is Unpredictable
One thing you cannot deny learning from the year 2020 is that life is unpredictable. As much we plan the full road on how to achieve our goals, outside factors can steer us clear, leading us to resort to plan b, or c and probably for many people and companies this year, facing plan D. 2020 is even more evident as to why it is time to look at the agile methodology, a project management process that is being adopted by many companies, as a way to embrace the unpredictabilities in our life.
Traditionally, companies looked at projects like an assembly line of predetermined stages dependent on one another to progress to the end product. Agile methodology breaks that assembly line into different small parts called increments within small time frames called sprints. Increments are self-organized but rely on transparency between the customers and the team for continuous evaluating and subsequent improvement. Sprints are short time frames. Each increment works causing a more focused effort. The agile methodology capitalizes on feedback as an opportunity to embrace changes and new trends at each step. In this way, there is no single plan to follow and teams are ready to effortlessly evolve to meet changes.
Agile in a Non-Corporate Setting
Agile techniques can also be applied to the way people manage their lives. Instead of looking at your day or week as a linear sequence of expectations, you can divide your work into independent smaller chunks to prioritize and focus on. Your time becomes more manageable and you are better prepared to embrace any variables along the way. To understand these agile concepts better for self-productivity, consider implementing the following into your daily lives.
Focus on the short term
Divide your long-term goals into several shorter ones. This will help you focus your energy on one task at a time and at the end of each allotted time you will have something to show. Finishing even small tasks gives us a sense of accomplishment and the motivation to move forward.
Use a Sprint
Prioritize your tasks within a sprint. To be more efficient, divide your work into one-week sprints where you decide which tasks to prioritize and which to save for another one-week sprint. In this way, you view your full pool of tasks simultaneously yet you are able to focus on what is important for the upcoming week and approach each week the same.
Embrace change as it comes. Begin working on your goals even before you have all the answers. In this way, you can be flexible to change and effortlessly ready to transform. Use this as an opportunity to get creative in your problem-solving.
Block Out Time
Block out time to focus on tasks. Similar to sprints, allot specific times during your day where you have a distraction-free environment to work on each task. This will help you juggle your daily time management.
And lastly and most importantly, self-reflect each day. Collaborate with yourself and give feedback on what works to keep you productive and what doesn't. Continuously reflecting on your work is key to learning to adapt and self-grow.
In a world full of never-ending surprises and changes, it is important we start looking at our lives the same way. The longer we remain resolute to our long-term plans the harder it will be for us to acclimate to change. Embracing agile into our lives can help us adapt quickly to change with our end goals, still insight without needing to resort to our plan Bs or Cs.