Are To-Do Lists Overwhelming?
Today, I was reminded how difficult it is to manage a to-do list and to deliver what is required of you. A number of projects fail notwithstanding that you have the correct knowledge base and resources, but because you can’t manage a to-do list.
Imagine the scenario
Imagine, if you worked on twelve different project deliverables. Tasks are added on a daily and weekly basis by the sub team leaders, how would you cope? On top of this they all require progress and reporting updates. These can be both scheduled and ad-hoc updates. How would you prioritise and order said tasks. How would you manage requests for information and progress updates?
Doing your best!
You are doing your best to juggle these tasks that you have been assigned. You are capable of doing the tasks. Then, the various deliverable owners start asking you for progress updates? Are you going to deliver on time, do you have any issues meeting the completion date?
Then, some of your deliverables start to slip! Why, because you’re dependent on someone else completing their tasks. For example it might be a link to a document. Information you require to complete one of your twelve deliverables. The link is broken, your co-worker & friend or foe has failed you. This leads to an issue, resulting in a problem which stops you from completing your deliverables. You get it now. Your twelve tasks have become much larger. You are one of many who have to feed the overall project, goals and objectives. It can feel like a pack of cards waiting to fall, at times.
What if you could all sing and play off the same hymn sheet? One to-do list, linked so that the many can succeed, and you can rest easy? In essence, multiple project management tools and communication methods will delay your progress. No matter how big or small your task is, or how dedicated you are to your job. NASA didn’t have the option to fail. Many projects slip because they ignore this saying.
Can the to-do list be resolved and managed?
Yes, a simple system can achieve this. Don’t let your to-do list bring down a project. Shared to-do lists will bring together the activities. Allow for tasks to be completed. Success will be measured by the critical deadlines and delivery of the end product and or service. Don’t fail because your to-do list isn’t managed. Either you run the to-do list or the to-do list runs you, need some help?
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