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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