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To Do Lists and Project Templates

August 12 2009


Most Project Managers have too much to do. So they end up with “To Do” lists all over the place and it can be overwhelming. So how do you manage your “To Do” lists to make sure they get done? Here’s how…

Managing Your To Do Lists

To deliver your project successfully, you need to complete the right tasks at the right time. That’s why people create “To Do Lists” – so that they know what they have to do and by when.

But it’s not that easy. You’re often adding more tasks to your lists than you are completing them, so you feel like you’re not getting ahead. Here’s what to do…

Only One List

Project Management Templates

If you have lists in your car, on your PC, in your pocket or at home, then merge them all into one list. Then group the items in your list and try and put them in a logical order. As soon as you’ve done this, you’ll immediately feel like a weight has been taken off your shoulders, because everything you have to do is now all in one place. You’re ready to take the next step…

Targets and Dates

Now sit back and think about what you have to achieve and by when. Write down your targets and deadlines. If you’re unsure what these are, speak to your boss and get them to list the top 5 things they want you to do and by when. Write them down and try and get your boss to prioritize them, so you know which items are critical.

Set Clear Priorities

Type your list into your PC and prioritize it based on:

√ The targets and dates sent

√ The amount of work each item will take

√ The complexity in completing the task

√ The importance of the task to the project

√ The deadlines for completion

Define the Critical Path

On many projects, not all tasks get done. There simply isn’t the time. So you need to identify the ‘critical path’ tasks which are those that simply have to be done to complete the project. The question to ask yourself is “if this task is a week late, will the overall project slip by a week?” If the answer is ‘yes’, then that task is on the critical path to success. You need to complete these critical tasks as a higher priority than others.

Manage Your lists

Take the next step by setting target completion dates for your critical tasks. You then need to do everything in your power to make sure that these dates are met. Don’t worry about settings dates for non-critical tasks. It takes too much time and things change anyway.

Then as the project evolves, tick-off the tasks as they are completed. And when new tasks arrive, decide whether they are critical or not and if they are, then set targets dates for them as well. Always keep your list up-to-date, as it will help you complete the right tasks at the right time.

As well as managing tasks, you need to finish them quickly. That’s where these Project Management Templates help you out.

You can complete tasks faster, as it gives you all of the tools you need to succeed. Buy the Project Management Kit today.