When you think about the term "project manager" who comes to mind? Your boss? A colleague on a different team? The guy who literally has "Project Manager" on his LinkedIn bio?

Here's something to think about: we're all project managers — you, your teammate, even the intern on the other side of the office. Whether you consider the client side project manager definition or the definition of a receptionist's role, both have their responsibilities which fall under the umbrella of project management.

According to David Allen, father of the popular productivity system Getting Things Done (GTD), a project is ANY multi-step action. Which means that every time you work on something that takes more than one step, you are managing a project.

Creating a new ad campaign. Hitting your sales goal. Buying a new car. Making a 3-course dinner for your in-laws. These are the types of daily projects we manage.

What does this mean for how we approach work? We need to look at everything we do from a different angle. If we come at our daily tasks and projects with the mindset, "I can do this in a structured, organized way," then the outcome will substantially improve.

How to Approach Life Projects Using GTD:

1. Identify what you're working on. Stake your claim that this is now a project you're managing. Simply changing your mindset can make a difference in how you approach the work.

2. Envision your intended outcome.

3. Make a list of the actions it will take to get you to the end goal.

4. Map out the flow for all your action steps.

5. Single out your very next step and set aside everything else for later.

See what David Allen says about everyday project managers in a contributed post on his website about the natural planning model, and in our recent one-on-one interview:

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• 4 Ways David Allen Applies GTD to Teams
• How to Set Up GTD Using Wrike