Project You: 8 easy steps for planning your career and social future after the pandemic.

Avoid risks and losses by planning the next steps of your personal and professional lives.

The business magazine the article was published in 2004.

Step one: Find yourself out.

Mr. Dinsmore explains in the article that you’re the vital human resource; that’s why you’re the start point. Your first goal is to look inside yourself to answer who you are? Knowing it’s a challenging task, Mr.Dinsmore gives a list of questions that could help you.

Step 2: Write down your Mission.

After all the reflection responding to Mr. Dinsmore’s questions, it’s time to write down your mission in a paper. In the article, he says, “Further than know who you are, knowing your “why” in life is also essential in building your project. “In another piece, he shares his life mission as an inspiration.

Step 3: Make partnerships.

Don’t get yourself the illusion you can get your mission done only by yourself. Paul Dinsmore describes four partnership types,

  1. Champion Stakeholders: your parents, managers, partners, people influence you.
  2. Active Stakeholders: lifetime people you meet like childhood friends, former co-workers, people from your social groups.
  3. Third-part stakeholder: your life insurance agent, a realtor, and all ones you hire to have your mission accomplished.

Step 4: Make a Vision

According to Paul Dinsmore, it’s time to make a vision for your entire life. A clear Vision will help establish the goals you want to reach in all phases below:

  1. Short time: start it with a short time vision, projecting the next three years.
  2. Medium time: plan for the next ten years considering your global idea and steps to achieve.
  3. Long time: this phase goes till your retirement times. Make goals in all areas of your life, integrating family, work, health, and other of your dreams. Mr. Dinsmore advises in his article, the plan and goals can be adjusted after one year when you’ll check your short time goals performance.
  4. Golden Years: think about your retirement and make a plan for this phase of your life too.

Step 5: Manage your time.

During a personal or global crisis, make sure you want to spend more time thinking of solutions than being stuck to the problems. Remember, it’s the vital project of your life; dedicate the time it deserves.

Step 6: Manage your finances

  1. Find out what resources (monetary, human, material, intellectual) will need your life activities.
  2. Illustrated the costs needed for your plan and prepare a plan to control the use of money.
  3. Consider adding 10% or 20% to your total budget for unexpected events.
  4. Control the expanding tracking it to compare to your financial plan.

Step 7: Consider the risks.

Step 8: Bring all together.

Your final task is to bring all of it together. The article gives directions.



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Fred Costa

I’m a gay American-Brazilian living in the Philadelphia area since 2013, and I’ve written professionally for the last 28 years. English/Portuguese.