Project Planning: The Partners

Moving along in our Project Planning Essentials series, we’ve reached a touchy subject (at least for me): outside partners. I mentioned them briefly in the Building Your Team post and again last week when we talked about Resources, but today I want to go a little more in depth about the importance of outside partners.

You can’t do everything yourself. 

Let me repeat that, because I need to type it again and actually listen to myself. You CAN NOT do everything yourself. At work, at home, in life – there are people all around you who impact your life, your schedule, your day-to-day. Beyond your spouse and kids. Outside of your home. You do not live in a bubble; your actions affect others.

Whew. Such a simple concept, but not so simple to accept some days. We need each other.

If you feel stressed out about how your house looks but no one who lives there has the time, energy or motivation to change that, then everyone gets to sacrifice to bring an outside partner on board: a cleaning service.

If you have kids at three different schools who all have to be dropped off and picked up at the same time, you enlist the help of the school district bus system or your neighbor or a friend’s parent to help get people where they are supposed to be.

When you don’t have time to get to the grocery store every single week you use Walmart grocery pick up to cut that time dramatically.

Have family in the area? Ask for help. Close friends in the neighborhood? Extra eyes and hands. Supportive church family? Take them up on their offers to help.

In return – look for times and ways that you can be that help, the extra eyes and hands, the outside partner.

It’s hard to ask for help. It’s hard to accept the fact that you aren’t a superhuman hero. Build your team, and trust them to do their part; you focus on your role and let everyone else focus on theirs. Yes, there is a level of accountability that needs to be in place but if you’ve built your team with reliable and trustworthy people then it doesn’t need to come in the form of hovering or continuous monitoring.

Happy Planning,

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