A Life Reset with Scrum
Reset Your Life with Scrum
Lots of people use Scrum and Kanban in their personal lives, but have you thought about using it for a life “reset”?
When would you do a “life reset”?
- When you’re approaching a big change in your life
- When you’ve been through a tough time and need to recharge your batteries.
I was transitioning into the world of consulting. I had been through a rough patch of bad health, and I was also more stressed at work than usual. I needed some time out to myself to re-energise and also mentally and physically prepare myself to be at the top of my game for my next gig.
Planning the Sprint
I’d like to share with you a visual approach I took to getting the most of some time-out between careers. Here’s how I did it.
I planned a “Sprint” by:
- Giving myself a goal – “Reset and re-energise”
- Constraining the sprint to a timebox – of 1 month
- Decided on what success looked like – “Weigh no more than 73kg, feel 100% ready for the next big thing”
- And created 4 “epics” – Fitness, Improving Mental health, Getting ready for business, and Admin. Improving your mental health for me is as simple as relaxing to 30 minutes of music.
- I broke down each of the above themes into tasks.
- I wanted to exercise at least 3 times a week, so I created 12 exercise tasks (some omitted from screenshot). Each time I exercised, I would move it to the “Done” column.
- I decided it was important to do fun things, and created tasks like “Install LED Lights in Car”.
- I created a task to do some community work, because I always wished I had more time to help the less fortunate.
- Every day, I would do a personal standup and decide what to do next. I’d chuck that in the “Next Up” column.
- Do not add unrelated daily activities to your board.
Keep the “Life Reset” board focused on just that. Being the “Product Owner”, I had a tendency to add unrelated things to the board, like doing the groceries. I was mixing my daily tasks with the “Life Reset”.
- Pace yourself and enforce a WIP limit.
There were days when I had 7-8 tasks in the “Doing” column. I was exhausted by the end of the day.
- Build in some slack for impediments.
I ended up being sick twice during the sprint, which took days out at a time. This resulted in additional pressure, which goes against the idea of “recharging your batteries”.
Always keep the goal in mind. This helps keep the focus and make decisions.
- Maintain a good mix of themes to keep your life reset balanced.
Don’t focus on some and leave others behind. I realized I had a tendency to procrastinate on certain tasks. All the “Meditation” tasks got left behind till the end of the month.
Did I succeed?
I had all the logistics sorted for being self-employed. I read a really good book “Getting Naked”, by Patrick Lencioni. It taught me to embrace consulting and life with an open mind. I did some fun things I hadn’t done in awhile – like go on a road trip and install LEDs in my car. I volunteered for Daffodil Day and met some cool people. I feel recharged and I’m ready to take on the world.
My fitness did however take a back seat due to being sick during the sprint.
Give it a go. Plan a life reset.