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Different ways to do small projects planning

Today I would like to talk about different ways to do small projects planning by using

  • LM Charts (Life Mapping Charts) and
  • LM SPM (Life Mapping Small Projects Management Inserts).

LM Charts are very powerful. In one of my old article, I have listed some ways how you can use it but that’s not all. You can use the charts to do small projects planning too. Let me take a personal size weekly chart as an example –
weeklychart

  1. Write down all the events and small projects/to-dos under “My tasks”;
  2. Turn the chart and mark the hours of a day;
  3. Fill in the events and small projects/to-dos that have fixed schedule, e.g. teacher-parent meeting, school open house, friends gathering, time to pick up my kids from school, my exercise and reading schedules;
  4. Now you can tell when you will have time in the whole week;
  5. Plan to fill in all small projects/to-dos and events.

Many LMI users are asking if they need LM SPM to plan. If the LM Charts can fulfill your needs, you do not need LM SPM. But how if you have overlapped timelines for several small projects and/or for different family/team members? Then you may need LM SPM.
LM SPM

  1. Fill in all the events under “This week’s event”;
  2. Fill in small projects and to-dos under “My projects”;
  3. Fill in the events and small projects/to-dos that have fixed schedules in daily cells; (For more information please check here.)
  4. Now you can tell when you will have time in the whole week;
  5. Plan and fill in all small projects/to-dos and events.

  6. In my list, projects 3 to 5 required team work.
  7. On Monday, I finished the 50% of p3 (project 3) and then I went to pick up my son 01 and son 02 from different schools;
    01
  8. On Tuesday, I had to pick my son 01 earlier so I had only an hour in the afternoon to work on p4. But at the same time, I managed to let my team member to continue working on p3;
    02
  9. On Wednesday, I worked on the rest of p3 and p4 and then went to pick up my son 01. My team member worked on the other part of p3 and one of my family member went to pick up my son 02;
    03
  10. On Thursday, I have only an hour to work on p5 and my team members are working on the other part of p5.
    04

Please note that LM SPM is only good for SMALL projects. It can not handle big projects and big team.

 

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