Is There an “App” for That?

I have lots of projects going at any point in time, both to do with work and not. Being a bit of a geek, I usually look for software or applications to help me stay organized, focused and on top of things. Today, I decided I needed to try out a project management software. I searched online, which is always my first step to any point of curiosity, problem, or inquiry. I found a “free”, web-based, project management software that I could download to all of my computers in both Windows and OSX and on my phone and tablet via an app. The selling point was that it would integrate with several other web-based products I routinely use. I clicked the download button immediately, and voila! I’m a project manager.

Well, not so fast. I opened up the software and quickly assessed the user interface, which was very straightforward and easy to use. I wasted no time creating “folders” for areas of my life I wish to manage, as projects, then creating “tasks” within each of the folders. It seemed easy enough. I knew I should probably apply timeframes to my various tasks for each of my projects, and I knew there had to be some way to get an overview, sort of a “bird’s eye view” of what all was going on and what all was coming up. I saw a button that said “dashboard”, when I selected it a pop-up message appeared saying I’d just activated my “free” fifteen day trial for the “enhanced feature”. I’m smart enough to know that you usually get what you pay for and that a “free” project management software was not likely to be either a complete tool or completely free. I also know enough about the world to know that to get the most out of my new tool, I’m going to need to know more about the topic in general and the tools, specifically.

I’ve enrolled in a free webinar next week. I’m sure, to get the most out of the software and project management, as a whole, I am going to have to learn some new skills, and how organize my projects, tasks, timelines and information, then put it all to use and employ the tools as designed.

True, it sounds like a lot, just to get oneself organized, but I think it will be worth it. And that’s what’s important; that I think it will be worth it, that I am willing to undertake this a task, and that I know I will need to learn more about it and make a regular and concerted effort to get the desired result.

What are your desired results? Do you know what you need to do, or know, to achieve your desired results? In life, we all have some idea of what we want that we don’t already have. We don’t often know exactly how to go about getting there; what tools we may require, what skills we may need, how to apply reasonable timeframes and how to oversee or manage our progress. So many of us make very slow, or perhaps no, progress towards those desired results. Not unlike the project management software webinar I signed up for, sometimes we just need to find out what tools we have at our disposal and how, exactly, to use them. And that’s where life coaching may be the solution.

To find out more about life coaching and how it will benefit you, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. Check us out online at Life Path Life Coaching, email us at info@lifepathlifecoaching.com, or fill out the contact form below. We might just be the “app” for that!

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You Are Here

You are here.

Have you ever been in an unfamiliar locale and relied on one of those maps to find a simple route to where you wanted to go? Perhaps Disneyland? Or Manhattan? Or some other fantastic destination? How nice that those maps are posted in highly frequented places, with a big dot or star marking your current location. Of course, without such a guide, most of us have some other resource, maps on our smartphones, perhaps, a brochure provided by the concierge at the hotel, or a good, old-fashioned, impossible to re-fold “gas station” map. The trick with the old paper variety, though, was figuring out, on the map, where you are, then to locate where you want to be, then to try to figure out the best route to get there. Necessity being the mother of invention, the simplified “You Are Here” maps and the interactive smartphone apps provide a much easier and user-friendly option.

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Life Path Life Coaching

So, in the journey of your life; you are here. Where do you want to go? How will you get there? Are you looking for the most direct route? Or do you want to take the scenic route and take in some attractions along the way? Have you ever thought about your life in this manner? It makes sense, doesn’t it?

Or have you ever even questioned yourself, “Where do I want to go from here?”

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Life Path Life Coaching

And just like standing before that map on Main Street in Disneyland, sometimes you see the star, where you are, and your desired destination at another point on the map, but you question which route is best, most direct, most efficient. Often, in my travels, I have observed people collaborating over routes on maps, whether posted, on a smartphone, or even the good, old-fashioned, impossible to re-fold “gas station” maps. People often will consult with and take the advice of complete strangers on the optimal route from where they are to where they want to be. I have been to New York City a handful of times, for business, over the past few years. As I walk down the streets, I am often asked how to get to some site, attraction, or street. I can usually provide some assistance, being only an occasional visitor, and having only seen a sliver of the city. I may not be the best resource for directions in Manhattan, but I do my best. Buyer beware, I suppose. I do, usually, qualify my directions by prefacing my suggested route with the fact that I, too, am only a visitor.

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Life Path Life Coaching

As a frequent business traveler, I often rely on my Garmin Nuvi to guide me along highways, across the countryside and through cities to some location. More than once, this trusted device has led me on some pretty crazy routes through not so great areas, and I know there is a safer, more direct route, I just don’t know what that route is. I am at the mercy of this electronic device plugged into the cigarette lighter of my rental car to guide me, hopefully, to my destination, hopefully, safely and timely. This being the same device that, on one adventure I embarked on from my house, advised I turn right at the end of my street, which is, and always has been, a dead end. So, whom do we trust to give us directions? On the street, and in life?

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Life Path Life Coaching

I have a dear friend who is extremely directionally challenged. We’d been roommates for a few years during college, but we eventually moved away from each other, though we were in the same large, metropolitan area. I was to visit her one day and she provided me with directions to her house. I knew a bit about the general area she lived in and upon reviewing her directions, realized she was taking me about twenty blocks, on a one-way street, past her street, crossing over a block, then doubling back up on another one-way street twenty blocks to her house. I relied on my own navigational skills and saved myself the scenic tour. Is someone, perhaps even someone you love and trust, steering you wrong?

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Life Path Life Coaching

So whether you are visiting a directionally challenged friend, Disneyland, New York, or just going to the end of your street, knowing where you’re headed, who to rely on, and finding the best route to follow is sometimes a challenge. Your life and the path you choose to your goals and desires is no different.

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Life Path Life Coaching

If you are questioning your goals, your desires, where you are now, where you want to be, or how best to get there, life coaching may be the best navigational assistance you can rely on. Life coaching can help you identify where you are, where you want to go and the most beneficial path to lead you there, specifically based on your unique needs. Better than the GPS you plug into the cigarette lighter in your car, your life coach is there with you every step of the way to make sure your journey is everything you want it to be and to assure you reach your destination timely, safely and well-prepared.

Want to find your way? Contact us for a free, no obligation, consultation. Motor on!

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