In our fast-paced world, every minute is precious. Those 40 hours spent working each week are stuffed full of task lists, projects, and so many to-dos you can’t even see the sky above. So how do you get everything done? How do you keep your to-dos from becoming too late? Our team has shared their tips and tricks for project management that will be of great help to you.
Avoiding Tunnel Vision
We all are guilty of this, getting close to a deadline and putting everything you have into getting the project done. Which most of the time, after some blood, sweat, and tears, you get the tasks done in time. The downside of concentrating too much on one subject, however, is the rest of your projects then start to fall behind starting a domino effect of late work. Some suggestions on how to avoid getting into this conundrum are:
- Setting daily goals for yourself.
- Posting those goals where you can’t ignore them. On your main work monitor, right next to your keyboard etc.
- Letting your coworker support you and keep you motivated.
Ranking Tasks by Importance/Due Date
Okay so you are working to avoid tunnel vision, now what? You can now work on getting your mountain of to-dos organized. The best way we choose to organize our tasks is by due date and then by importance. Since you are keeping an eye on the due dates, you will be able to prioritize what is needed to be done first by following the importance level. But one big thing to keep in mind is to make sure you are aware of your upcoming due dates, don’t just pay attention to what tasks are due that day. Doing that is a good way to let a big project deadline sneak up on you.
Keeping your Concentration
The average person can only concentrate on one subject for 45 minutes at a time. This means about every hour you should be switching to a different topic or project. Trying to spend more than an hour on one task can lead to wasting time when your brain starts to drift off or going over to the other side of the spectrum and falling into tunnel vision. Keeping a variety of different tasks on your plate will keep you interested and will hopefully help your work day fly by!
None of these ideas are the end all, be all of keeping yourself on track but try them out and see if they work for you. If you find new tricks that you utilize, share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.