Self-study Project Management Books

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    SuiDhaaga Platinum IL'ite

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    I wish to learn Project Management. Perhaps that will help with Time Management.

    Please recommend books used by PMP certification.

    I don't want certification, i just want to learn how to manage my things better.

    @Thoughtful @MalStrom @Laks09 @Rihana
     
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    Hi Sui,

    I have taken up PMP certification and have finished my class room training and soon will have to start preparing for the exam.
    What I understand from my 35 hours of training is the theory and the practical part are very very different. I'm not a project manager but into core engineering. But I'm taking up this certification for future career growth and if I wish to move from core engineering and into management side this should be helpful.
    Also a construction project(I'm part of the construction industry)works very differently than any other project in IT or other industry and it's not possible to apply the theoretical knowledge which you gain in the books and apply practically. To some extent yeah you can but not completely.
    Every project is so unique so one rule - fits all won't work.
    Anyways as part of my studies and to clear the exam we have been asked to study
    1) PMBOK 6
    2) PMBOK 7
    3) Rita Mulcahy's guide.
    4) Agile practices guide .

    But by reading these books I doubt whether you'll be able to manage your things better.

    Good luck :)

    BTW I sleep off when I open PMBOK to study. :lol:
    I'm good with math, calculations and my field is so much of calculations . I'm not sure how I will study these theory based subject. Let me see how my study goes:facepalm:
     
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    thank you for this thorough and honest reply

    I shall go another route to learn time management

    Best wishes on your exam!
     
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    There are tons of literature on time management. Goes on to say there is no one single solution behind it. What works for one does not work for the other.

    The best thing is to track. The more we track, the more aware we become.

    1. Every evening write down the plan for the next day
    2. Try to follow the plan the next day by looking at it often. Try not to work on items which is unplanned.
    3. Eat the ugliest frog first - Do the most important task of the day first. This also might be the one which you postpone the most.
    4. At the end of the day write what you did and which ones were planned and which ones were unplanned.

    More than time management its task management. Am I working on the most important thing and making progress or am I just doing busy work.

    After a week of writing down and tracking see what worked, what didn't and repeat the following week.


    Some books which I liked on the topic:
    1. Getting Things Done
    2. The Bullet Journal
    3. Atomic Habits

    Some Videos:
    1. Time Management
     
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    I am not the best time manager on the planet but I’ve always written down my daily/weekly tasks and it has helped me immensely.

    I do look at all my to dos at the end of the week and export things to the following week/month based on how I feel about them. I also remove tasks from my todo list if they no longer makes sense.

    What works for me is to not have a lot of things on my plate. I prefer to prioritize and not waste time of things that don’t make sense at the moment. I’ve noticed the smaller my todo list the lesser I am inclined to not do those things.

    Sometimes going down the rabbit hole of a side task is a journey that is well worth the time. I understand what you are trying to achieve though. Be kind on yourself for these transgressions and tomorrow is a new day so whatever you did today, start fresh tomorrow.
     
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    I've been tagged, so here's my suggestion:
    Try some really simple things before reading more books. Examples:
    1) Get off FB completely till Christmas. Join back in time to wish all a Happy New Year.
    2) Pause all arts and crafts and sewing, wardrobe improvement efforts till Thanksgiving.

    Use the freed up time wisely. Do not replace that with equally useless (right now, for you) activities.

    Even for 40+ yr old aunties who've been wearing a saree since their 16th b'day, it is hard to manage and maintain sarees in US. Searching for them (sarees, not aunties) online, buying, tracking the order, returning, finding fall, stitching fall, researching blouse patterns, draping saree properly, taking video of that, are not the most productive use of time if one is feeling pressed for time.
     
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    I think I will take your advice.

    It is winter, who is going to wear sarees anyway!
     
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    I am trying another way for writing down tasks.

    Writing them down in Microsoft One Note using Apple pencil. Writing make more sense to me than typing.

    And I add stuff to Alexa's to-do list. That way I can check the Alexa app for my to-do list ad write it on Microsoft One note.

    I really hope this works for me. I tried Notion and somehow I was unaffected by i t.

    I hope i can get enough free time to really do something fantastic!
     
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    You are right, there is no simple solution behind time management.

    Eat the ugliest frog first? Yuck yuck and Y-U-C-K

    I think you are right

    The ugliest frog involves calling a human to ask for information.

    And they you have to find that sweet spot of when they are most receptive

    Mondays at 8am are a nightmare for most people

    Mondays are a nightmare for all people

    Tuesdays are not much less worse

    I find that Wednesdays and Thursdays after breakfast, before lunch hits the sweet spot of getting the most productivity out of people


    By Friday, most people are drunk with euphoria, thinking about the weekend


    Uglee flog = talking to a human


    OMG OMG

    You are so correct though


    I will use your advice and that of @Laks09 and @Rihana , then I will read the books and see the video.
     
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    So you will go off FB and pause arts, crafts, sewing, wardrobe projects till December?

    :worship2:
     
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