Project Planning: The Essentials

I wanted to pause today to go back to the basics of what Planned With Purpose is and how this blog fits in to the picture. Planned With Purpose is a business event facilitation company and our goal is to make planning your business event easier. We provide full planning services or we can assist with the bits and pieces of your event to help move the planning process forward.

I have always been a detail-oriented person and love seeing all of the pieces fall into place so event management seemed to be a natural fit for my personality. It wasn’t until I got married and had to immediately begin managing a household that included two children (then 5 and 10) and their myriad of activities that I learned that I had been preparing for this my whole career and that some of the tools and tricks I had been using at work could seamlessly transition into household management. The routines and consistency that we have planned into our house have made a huge difference in how we function, and you can definitely tell when things are off schedule!

The purpose of this blog was to help take some of those tools, tricks, resources and ideas from event management and share them with other who need a little extra boost in their household management and organizing. The key thing to remember is that you have to make it yours – whatever system or tool or process you choose to implement, you have to customize it to fit you and your situation. There are very few “one-size-fits-all” plans that will work because every household, every family, every individual is different. What works for us will not be a perfect fit for you, but hopefully the things that we share here can be a starting place for you to tailor them to your needs. Honestly, most of what I use is not my original work but pieces of this and that I have cobbled together to fit out needs. 

Our plan for the next few weeks is to go through a series of planning essentials to introduce you to a few of the critical components of project management and how they translate into your household plan. We will talk about the plan itself, your planning team (a.k.a. your family), your resources and timeline (budget and schedule), partners in execution (friends, family, neighbors) and the importance of evaluation and reflection at the close of your event. Obviously, household management doesn’t have a start and end date, but it is so important that you take schedule time to look at what is working and what is not and adjust as needed.

I hope you’ll join us on this journey as we dive in to the essentials of project management!

Happy Planning,

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