Tackling Task Management Like a Pro
Have you ever been in a situation where you go from task to task to task to task
and you get to the end of your day and wonder, "What did I get done today?"
Have you been in the middle of your own task list when someone stops by your
desk, you get an email, or someone sends you an instant message and suddenly you
are no longer working off your own task list but addressing the items that get
thrown at you throughout the day? You get to the end of the day and YOUR task
list has not been touched!
Here are some tips that can make your task tracking a snap:
Work off a list. Whether it be the Task Manager in Outlook,
OneNote, or even a paper-based notebook - pick one! Track ALL of your tasks in
that one place.
When a task gets handed to you - be it a conversation, an email, or an instant
message - add it to your list! This is critical for tracking
what does and does not get done.
Continue with the task you were currently working on before you
move on to another task.
When you complete a task, check it off the list! Mark it
complete - somehow document that it is done.
At the end of the day, move all remaining tasks over to the next day's
task list. This helps minimize the "slip through the cracks" challenge
we all face.
There is so much satisfaction that can come from seeing what you have
accomplished in a day. The check marks next to completed tasks on the list
provide clarity when you get to the end of your day and start asking yourself,
"What did I get done today?"
Adopt these few simple steps and soon you will find you get way more done that
even you realized!
A Message from Your Workflow Analyst: Tasha Hepburn | RMC ProIT