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What You Need to Know about Project Management by Fergus O'Connell

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Chapter 8. HAVING A LIFE

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

  • Why it's okay to have a life

  • Why better time management is not the answer

  • Extreme time management

  • The secret to having a life – the three filters

  • Saying 'no' nicely

  • Prioritising viciously

  • The skill of planning

WHY IT'S OKAY TO HAVE A LIFE

For some bizarre reason, many people – especially bosses and stakeholders – expect project managers to work all the hours God sends. Sometimes project manager s accept this as just a normal hazard of the job. There are management-sounding phrases to make the whole business sound respectable. 'Working burnout hours', people say. Or project managers are told to 'sweat their resources'. Or project s are categorised as 'death march projects'.

None of this is normal, of course. Working ...

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