Each new year we often end up with New Year’s resolutions and our goals for work are just the same. After a great power meeting early this year, I ended up with eight projects to manage at one time with different people involved in many of the projects. Now that we are most of the way through January, I have realized a few things about managing so many projects at one time.
One of the key things I realized is that most people need help keeping up with their tasks. We are all so busy these days that our email is overflowing. We also have meetings scheduled throughout the day and our own work that we need to get done. What this means is that the tasks you need completed for your project might possibly be overlooked.
I have set myself up a daily schedule where I look at each project and assess what tasks are due. Once I have done this, I send a reminder to those with tasks due just as a heads up that their task is due in several days.
I make a note in the project plan so that I don’t remind too often and come across as nagging. By doing this consistently I am finding that my projects are staying on target with much less stress, and I have a really good handle on them because of the extra time that I am devoting to keeping them organized.
I’m also very prepared to answer questions about each project to anyone who asks without having to take a close look. As you look through your current projects and tasks, take a little time each day to organize yourself and also help those who are working on those projects with you.
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