And here’s an other month that’s drawing to a close…
How does it come that we’re already at the end of March?
At the beginning of the year, I committed myself to post a monthly review on the blog… So here we go for my March project review!
I say project review because I slightly changed what I’m going to share in these monthly review posts. Nothing radical, but I thought that as I do a project review in my journal, I could share it with you just for what it is: take a look back at my goals, assess progress on the projects I’m running to achieve them, and how my journal has been helping me do that during the month.
The aim is to get you closer to the way I manage projects in my PROJO – the project journal and give you some project management inspiration along the way!
So instead of randomly talking about what happened in my life and journal, I’ll do a proper project review every month (so that you have a real peek at what I’m working on and how my journal is helping me to stay focused!). That being said, let me take you with me through my monthly project review process!
Started the month with a mindmap to sort out my priorities
March monthly project review : monthly highlights
I start every project review with some positivity.
Before I go in the detail of the progress made on the various projects I run, I list 3 highlights for the month. It’s basically 3 positive things that happened during the month. They’re usually connected to my projects, but they sometimes are just happy moments I want to remember.
- PROJO Plus launch! Which has been both super exciting and pretty challenging (only because your orders exceeded my expectations… so THANK YOU!)
- Home office remodel day
- Unlocking the progress on building a V2 of the blog’s eshop (and feeling like I can do this eventually!)
Starting with positive vibes is a nice way to get myself ready for what’s coming next: the actual project review, and all its ups and downs.
March monthly project review: ongoing projects review
As I do every month, I decided at the beginning of March on 3 key projects that would be my top priority. They’re the projects I’m supposed to put first in my monthly, weekly and daily task lists (key word here is “supposed”, because things rarely go as planned…).
My 3 key projects for March in my project journal
Assessing progress on my current projects is the main goal of my monthly project review. It takes me about 15 minutes to go through my projects and review them. I’m working on a post about how to do project review on your own (and tools you can use), but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of what I put in my March project review.
For each of my 3 key projects, I assess the overall progress, list the tasks I completed, and the next steps I need to take.
New product design – 80% completed
- Actions completed: completed the first part of the design, created the content that goes in it, collected the first feedbacks on it
- Next steps: complete the design, run user tests, figure a way to get it manufactured
This is my biggest win of the month! I had this idea wandering around my mind for months now, and putting everything on paper at last feels good! I can’t wait to carry on on this project and have the final product in my hands.
Eshop V2 – 80% completed
- Actions completed: global design, setting up the plugins (shipping, payement…), uploading all the products, create the homepage
- Next steps: install multilingual feature, finish the French version of the site, test everything
I’m happy that I finally managed to get out of the dead end I was standing in regarding the V2 of the blog’s eshop! I still have some work to do before launching it. I honestly can’t wait to have it done so that I can cross this project off my to-do list and focus on other (more exciting) things.
Blog remodel (phase 1) – 50% completed
- Actions completed: redesigned the homepage for both French and English versions of the blog, upgraded to a better newsletter service
- Next steps: find new strategies to drag traffic on the blog, do a complete redesign of the blog (planned for Summer)
So I clearly left one of my key projects behind… But I feel ok about that!
Assessing progress on my key projects using the monthly
reflection pages of my PROJO – the project journal
I’m super happy with the progress made in March, and still have 3 days left to make some moves towards my goals!
Speaking of them…I always end my monthly project review with a look at my quarterly goals. And as the first quarter of 2019 is about to end, I thought I’d share some details about the goals I set in January and how I did working on them the last 3 months.
March monthly project review: having a look at my goals
As March is ending, so is the first quarter of the year.
It also means that I’m about to move into a brand new PROJO…
But before I do that, I’m having a look back at my Q1 goals to see where I stand regarding them!
Truth is that I set goals for Q1 in January and shortly changed them.
Anyway, here are some of my updated Q1 goals, paired with the projects that I’ve been running to achieve my goals, and some thoughts about the progress made!
Goal: Improve the blog & eshop experience
- Build an eshop of my own using WordPress & Woocommerce
- Create a new homepage for the blog
Overall progress 80%
How I’m feeling about it: Even though I aimed to launch the new version of the blog’s eshop 2 months ago, I’m pretty happy with the progress made towards that goal. I really like the new homepage on the blog and I feel like I’m very close to be ready to launch the new eshop!
Goal: Create a new income stream
Project: Design a line of products & services for businesses
Overall progress: 70%
How I’m feeling about it: the first product that is the cornerstone of my B2B strategy is finished in its first version. Which is pretty exciting, as it means that I’m now entering the user tests phase, and will soon be ready to sell it to my first customer.
Goal : Create a workspace that better fits my needs
Project: Home office remodel
Progress made: 95%
How I feel about it: it took me way longer than I expected… But everything’s almost in place! And even though I’m late on this project, I get to learn a lot along the way (learning how to use a welding machine along the way for one thing, which is definitely one my favorite highlights of this year!).
Wow, that was quite a lot to say… I hope you enjoyed having a closer peek at my goals and projects! I dare say that I wouldn’t have made that much progress towards my goals if it wasn’t for my project journal!
Having the PROJO spreads as a structure to plan on a monthly and weekly basis has been a game changer. It helps me get my priorities in order and work on what really matters.
I still have a lot to do, and some time management progress to make, but I really feel like I’m on the right path!
Do you do projects and goals review too?
How do you like that I share mine around here?