You can’t say, “project management” without mentioning time management. Time management is one of the essential skills needed to be a successful project manager. Even if as a project manager time management isn’t your thing, luckily technology today can help.
Here are some of the best time management tips:
- Learn to multitask, or use your Smartphone. As a professional project manager, you’ve probably already mastered the art of multitasking. For those project managers where maybe this isn’t your strength, luckily we have Smartphones to do the multitasking for us.Now that Smartphones have graced us with their presence, and have significantly changed the lives of some others, most cannot live without Smartphones anymore. Some would even go as far as to say that they feel a personal connection to their Smartphone. You can set reminders, take and make calls, email, and check your calendar all on one device. Make your Smartphone work for you.
- Set time for each task. When you feel yourself becoming disorganized or overwhelmed, it’s time to set a schedule and allot time each day for each task. Sounds impossible, right? Not really. If you really dedicate the time and effort to coordinating and scheduling tasks, it will really save you time and headaches down the line…and you will become more organized, more efficient, and you’ll get tasks done and on time!
- Experiment with your own tools. While some project managers use their Smartphones, as mentioned above, or electronic reminders, or maybe you are old-fashioned and still use Post-it notes, experiment and find out which tactic works best for you. Some project managers spend of dollars on expensive programs, equipment, or even a number of apps that are proven to help them.However, finding out what works best for you is your own best investment. If you are on-the-go, a Smartphone will probably work best for you. If you spend most of your time in your office or at your desk, then maybe Post-its do work for you. Either way, the only one who is going to manage his or her time and tasks best is you.
Finally, some of the best time management tips begin with the project manager. Experimenting with your own tools and methods will help immensely…even if you have to schedule, scheduling to work on time management.