Whether you’re working as a project manager over a group of people or you’re just trying to stay on top of all the projects you have going on yourself, being a great project manager isn’t something that can just happen overnight. To become a proficient project manager, you have to really understand how work best gets done and what tactics can be used to help streamline these processes.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to become better at project management.
Complete Work In The Proper Order
For any project, there are certain steps or processes that need to be done first before you can move on. And when you get behind on those first few steps, the whole rest of your project can get thrown off.
Knowing this, it’s worth your time to sit down and hammer out the details of your project and what each step entails before you get started. If you’re working with multiple people on a project, make sure each person knows exactly what they’re responsible for and when they need to be finished in order for the project to move on. And if it’s just your personal project, create a detailed to-do list so that you can get everything completed in the right order and on time.
Use The Right Collaboration Tools
If there is going to be more than one person involved in your project, which there usually is, it’s important that you use the right collaboration tools. Without them, you might spend an inordinate amount of time trying to get in communication with the people you’re working with rather than completing your project.
Luckily, there are plenty of software platforms out there to help you work on projects with a team and keep everyone up-to-date. If you aren’t using one of these platforms already, or the platform you have isn’t serving your needs as well as it should be, consider trying out something new to see what improvements might be made.
Track Time Spent On Specific Tasks
When you’re working on your specific part of the task that’s been allocated to you, or if you’re trying to manage a large project with a lot of moving parts, tracking your time can be a very useful habit.
While you might feel like tracking your time is a little too much like micromanagement, it’s only through tracking how much time you’re spending on specific tasks that you can know if you’re prioritizing things correctly and will end up getting everything completed on time. So if you’re not already tracking your time, this may be something you should start doing.
If you’ve been struggling managing the projects you have on your plate, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find ways to improve in this area.
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