Task Management Technique
When the pressure rises time management can help ease stress. The following common sense tips can help make things easier.
1. Create a to do list, it will help you see what needs doing and by when. Once you have made the list you can stop worrying that you have forgotten something.
2. Once you have made the list then work on the tasks are they all necessary? If possible trim them down to the jobs that need doing.
3. Priorities, order the list so that you know where to start. Look for dependencies, this means don't start a job that depends on another unfinished task being completed. You must start at the beginning and work your way through. Remember a builder wouldn't put the roof on a house until the wall reaches the right level.
4. Walk through your list in priority order, be systematic and ruthless. If another task appears add id to the list in priority order. If you are asked to do a job that isn't important feel free to tell the person concerned that you are too busy, after all if questioned you have the proof in front of you in your list!
5. Use technology to help. An answering machine may ccreate the necessary diversion to give you the space to get the jobs done. If you have the option find an alternative location away from the source of disruption.
6.If you do not take care on managing your tasks through the apportionment of appropriate time to get the jobs done you may find additional stress so, be realistic about your capabilities and the timescales.
7. Remember its your list, you decide what goes on and the priority. Retaining control of this agenda is fundamental to success.