So, does using agile project management to organize your life really work? It can!
A student approached early last week and showed me a list of all of his assignments for all of his classes.
"Do you think this is a good idea?" he asked.
I replied, "Absolutely! You have made a list of all the things you need to do. Now, just organize them from most urgent to least. Put things due today at the top and then order them in the order they need to be done."
Later in the week, I asked how it was going. He reported that it was great. He said he had less stress knowing what all he had to do and could attend to things in an orderly way.
This is a perfect example of using the agile approach (whether or not you use the agile words for it). Education was a project that was part of his life. The assignments were the sprints he needed to complete in order to have success within the project. Taking time to make and organize the list was his scrum meetings.
The words you use to describe the process are not nearly as important as the process. But however you describe it, this guy in my class had the right idea.
Organizing your tasks and knowing what needs to be done in what order is a great start reaching a satisfying, peace-filled life.
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