As I continue along this journey, I am consistently asked about the Timeline of the process. People want to know when I will have children. That is understandable. Our society often works on time. Especially when it comes to building a family. When a biological mother becomes pregnant, finding out the due date is one of the first steps. This is different for many people who are adopting.
For me, this is an opportunity to share a little bit about how I manage large project with evolving steps: Organically. In the beginning, I map out all of the steps without placing any time frames on them. This helps me to see all of the steps and how they relate to one another while still being realistic. Often, I am unsure how long something will take or I find new requirements along the way. All of that is okay as long as I have a proper way to manage it. I use my MINTOA Pathways to help me out.
In the beginning, I set up a pathway with the steps I thought I would need. I broke those steps into stages with no real time attached. After I attended the orientation, I learned of more steps that would need to be completed (written in pencil) and I also learned I needed to adjust some of the orders of the steps.
After doing so, I came up with a new Pathway. This time I assigned some general time frames to the stages.
As I complete the stages, they move into the Accomplishments section of my MINTOA. As I learn more, I will adjust the Pathway. New steps will be added and time frames will be narrowed down. That’s the beauty of a Pathway: it adjusts as your life adjusts :)