Labor Day offered the opportunity for a long weekend off. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent relaxing with my family and friends. Today as I return to work, one of my most important tasks is to take an assessment of the inertia of my projects.
One definition of inertia states that “a body at rest tends to stay at rest.” In other words, an object will not move on its own without the application of an outside force (energy). Projects have inertia too. They do not move forward without the application of energy from the people involved in it.
I have projects in motion that probably need me to apply energy to them. My team members are also returning from a long weekend. Maybe they were taking time off…maybe they weren’t. But I can’t assume that they will return to work with the same intensity and priorities that they carried last week. I can’t assume that they are continuing to give their time and energy to the projects I am responsible for. Perhaps they forgot about the commitments they made to my project. Perhaps someone else redirected their focus away from my project.
Either way, I need to check in today and make sure. I don’t want to find out later…when its too late.
Thanks for listening.