How a Project Management Specialist at Boeing is resetting for 2021

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

In a conversation between Nicole Nader, James Bawtree and myself in January this year, we chatted about how Nicole and her team are resetting for the new year after the craze 2020 was. She spoke candidly and eloquently on some personal and professional realisations to put into practice this year. We hope you find it helpful.


Nicole Nader's 2021 Reset- jump to a particular point here:

1) Set a personal drum beat

2) Focus on activities with a higher return

3) Clear out the calendar

4) Take quality breaks

5) “The two things we get are our time and our choices: be wise with both.”


Set a personal drum beat...

I want to make sure I get myself into a good routine. I do a lot of working from home and I find the days that I have a routine and some structure, that discipline really does help me get through the day. I start off with a bit of walking and eating a good breakfast, I just find I’m energised for the day, whereas some days you wake up and think “Oh, I’ve only got to walk next door to log on”- and then it can be quite a punishing day. And then I tend to beat myself up for not having done the exercise and starting the day right so I want to make a real concerted effort to set that personal drum beat for myself.


Focus on activities with a higher return ...

One of the other things on my list to start is focus on the activities with a higher return. We like to brag that we’re great multitaskers, but I think that for me, that means I’m doing five things not very well, and not giving any of them my undivided proper attention. Something I’ve never done before that I want to start doing is start my day with the highest return activities, and be in them, and turn off my email notifications. Start dedicating a particular time slot in the day to going through emails and doing that admin side of things. I think the people around me will work that routine out quite quickly and be okay with that, and know that Nicole will be checking her emails at 11am so I don’t have to bug her before then, you know, where it’s easy to see them pop up in the corner of the screen and break your line of thought that you’re in. I want to be more present in what I’m doing to do it better.