Introduction to Project Management 

I have always considered myself to be quite an organised person by nature. I have a diary, a calendar, emails organised by client, a notes list on my phone, laptop and desktop, a notebook or 5 and the ability to multi task. However, the seminar on Project Management on Friday made me think that even though my life per say is organised, I have to have a streamlined way of planning and managing my upcoming briefs around my ‘life’ due to the course being so self-driven.

I have a lot of thoughts, questions and ideas which I want to channel into my research and practice throughout this course both on a personal and professional level. In regards to briefs I am hoping to collate a solid plan of what I aim to achieve and how and then work a breakdown of needs, costs, external resources  (models and photographers for example) and any other challenges for example which may not usually arise if working for a client outside an academic environment, for example booking and interviewing people, models or brands for content.

By planning ahead I also hope so forsee any issues with time management, bookings and resources, as well as being able to allocate time for my freelance work, personal time and the development of my personal practice.

In regards to how I am going to plan my time, I plan on using a very detailed and broken down version of my calendar to allocate my time accordingly in advance as well as use GANTT charts for planning individual projects and research. I am hoping to start this planning in much more detail post briefing next week, however have currently starting logging dates of events, exhibitions, visits and MA sessions for example on my revised calendar. This will allow me to see where I have free periods of time in advance as well as allowing me to block off periods of time for research, development and supervisor sessions in relation to upcoming submissions or briefings for example. This is shown below for reference.

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