Project Managers: Get out of that funk! Episode 33

March 31, 2014


Hello everyone!

On today’s episode I share with you my experience as I returned from a great vacation to find myself paralyzed by the amount of work waiting for me.

Have you ever felt like you

  • Had no energy?
  • Were overwhelmed?
  • Had too many priorities?
  • Were frozen, or paralyzed?

I felt all of the above. Big time.

On episode 33 of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast, I share with you my thought process and the steps I took to get out of this post vacation blues.

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4 comments on “Project Managers: Get out of that funk! Episode 33

  1. Hey Cesar, 

    Great episode, I respect your authenticity because lots of people try to hide the regular daily stuff you’ve put out there. I myself fight constantly against what you’ve expressed because I’m in perpetual information overload and it’s in no danger of changing! Between GTD (thanks again), Evernote, Basecamp, Freemind and the very bright people surrounding me I should be in a permanent state of productivity but it’s just not possible for any human being to maintain high output 100% of the time, let. 

    My comfy chair is the garage, when things get bad I go clean it up, sometimes it takes a while because thats what I need to move on but what ever the method it’s important to change the scenery and slowdown , Accepting this as normal and periodically necessary is a gift. I find these periods of reduced activity are important for mind dumping and assessing the highest priories within our own minds. Notice I say “our own minds” because this is time to evaluate how our activities are meeting our own vision and if somethings not working make the corrections, even when it’s hard. I do this several times a year, usually at the completion of a series of difficult projects or a similiarly stretching experience. I’ve got this process down to a semi controlled state I implement strategically to regroup quicker and become more intentional in the things that matter. 

    At the end of the day it’s been a long winter so we all crave better weather and more of the sun’s vitamin D. Some people are driven and others not so much but I believe in the law of averages and you Cesar are probably 100 times more efficient in your funk than most people at their most productive so … enjoy it while it lasts because this year is gonna be huge and before you know it you’ll be on fire like never before!!

  2. PM4TM Apr 4, 2014

    ActiveLifeProject  Thanks for listening and for the comment!  I agree, especially when you talked about how our activities line up with our goals and vision.  It’s so easy to lose track of that.

  3. Edoly Apr 4, 2014

    Went through this exact scenario Cesar! Went on spring break and unplugged then had to come back to work and prepare a presentation on Business Process Management aligned with Project management for the local San Antonio Records Management Chapter. I didn’t know what was wrong and was in a slump, overwhelmed and felt too unplugged from the project management drum beat. Thank you for being candid about your experience and how to recognize and deal with it. Wish I would have had this podcast at that time. But now I know it is a real thing, I will look for it in my PMs when they are out for.vacation and share your cast with them.
    Appreciate you Cesar!
    Ed Olszanowski

  4. PM4TM Apr 5, 2014

    Edoly  Ed, it’s amazing how many are coming out and letting me know how common this experience is.  Thanks for sharing, and thanks for sharing the show with your PMs!  Connect with me on LinkedIn or sign up for the mailing list if you can.  Have a great day!