As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we’re going to be taking a deep dive into PARA, a Life OS that has helped many people stay focused and on track with their short-term and long-term goals. PARA stands for Projects, Areas, Resources, and Archive. The goal is to help simplify your tasks and organizational method for anything you might need in the future. This week, we’re taking a look at Projects.
A Project is any series of tasks linked to a goal that has a deadline. “Develop Online Course” is a project whereas “Film episode 2 of the online course” is a task. A project also has a defined event that will happen at a certain time. Once it’s happened, that project can be completely crossed off your list.
Once you have a clear list of your active projects, put it side by side next to your goal list. Draw lines from any project to the corresponding goal. If you have a project that doesn’t have a line drawn to a goal, that is most likely a hobby, not a project.
If you have a goal that doesn’t have a project connected to it, that is most likely a dream. You may want to achieve that goal, but without an active project working towards that goal, you’re not making any progress.
There’s nothing wrong with having hobbies, dreams, and goals. In fact, it’s a good thing to take a break from the pressure of life and just have fun; however, it’s important to be aware of how each project and goal is aligning in your life at the moment.
Read further on the PARA organizational system here