Forget January for New Year’s Resolutions. The return to work after the summer holidays is the best time to get your projects in shape, says Jason Westland.
LA HABRA, Aug 29, 2013 – Returning to work after the summer is the time when most project managers focus their minds on getting things straight on their projects, says Jason Westland, CEO of ProjectManager.com.
“We work with clients across several industries and we see the same thing each year,” he says. “This is the best time of year for adopting new habits – people are far more likely to stick to them than at New Year.”
There are plenty of things that you can do to get your projects in shape. Updating risk and issue logs, reviewing your project communication plan and setting up meetings for the rest of the year are just some of the simple tasks people add to their To Do lists when they return from their holidays.
“It’s also a busy time for clients evaluating new project management software tools,” Westland adds. “Companies are keen to make an investment before the end of the year, and to get the tool installed and operational before the end of year break.”
September is the traditional ‘back to school’ time for children returning to the classroom after the long summer holiday, but the same applies to project managers and other workers as well. “Feeling refreshed after the summer break, whether you went out of the country or took a ‘staycation’, means that you can approach your project with a fresh outlook and a positive attitude,” Westland says. “What changes can you make to your working environment or your project so that you face the rest of the year in a better shape?”
ProjectManager.com was founded in 2008 by four guys who wanted to create a better toolset for managing projects. Within 12 months of going live, the company grew to 25 staff and produced a healthy revenue stream. Now with customers in more than 100 countries, ProjectManager.com is one of the fastest growing project management service providers on the net. More than 70% of customers are based in the USA with organizations like NASA, United Nations, Boeing and Volvo all managing projects using the ProjectManager.com platform.