Live Blogging Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives, and Deadlines

I’m at a SkillPath seminar today. Here’s what we’re doing so far:

Time Management

  • Time is more valuable than money. It is your most valuable resource.
  • No matter what you’re doing, ask yourself if it is the most important thing to be doing right now.
  • Handle each thing once – decide to:
    • Do it.
    • Delegate it.
    • Defer it – only defer for one month.
    • Dump it.
  • Immediately take some action, because it is easier to cancel a reservation at the last minute than to make a reservation at the last minute.
  • Make the most of your unscheduled time at work.
  • Let go of perfectionism; strive for excellence.

Work Environment

  • What impression does your desk give people?
  • Keep only daily things on your desk.

Time Wasters

  • Surfing the Internet
  • Daydreaming
  • Personal calls
  • Personal event planning

Resources

To clear out a pile of things, use the WIFO concept: Worst In, First Out. Get it over with and out of the way. Another good method for certain temperaments is EIFO: Easiest In, First Out. Promise yourself a reward for getting done some increments.

Rewarded behavior gets repeated.

Don’t wait your whole life waiting for others to reward you. If you reward yourself, you are guaranteed to be rewarded and it boosts your self-esteem and productivity.

When defining a project, come up with a one sentence goal for your deliverable.

This allows you to wrap your mind around your project. It should include the budget, quality, and time frame. Ask the following questions of your assigner at the time of assignment:

  1. What is the driving contraint? What is the #1 priority?
  2. What is the middle constraint? What comes in just behind the driving constraint?
  3. What is the weakest constraint? What has the lowest priority? It is the part that has the most flexiblity.
  • http://www.businessblogwire.com Easton Ellsworth

    Dude – long time no write – just wanted to touch base and let you know I’m about to quote you in one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written. Look for it in a few hours. Oh and I’ll talk about time management in a follow-up to that post, so this comment isn’t entirely out of place. 🙂

    Thanks and keep up the great blogging Jesse!

  • http://www.businessblogwire.com Easton Ellsworth

    Dude – long time no write – just wanted to touch base and let you know I’m about to quote you in one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written. Look for it in a few hours. Oh and I’ll talk about time management in a follow-up to that post, so this comment isn’t entirely out of place. 🙂

    Thanks and keep up the great blogging Jesse!

  • http://www.perfectlypetersen.com Perfectly Me

    Excellent article, Easton! Thanks for coming by. Congrats on your family’s move, and the success of your blog. You are a gentleman and a scholar.

  • http://www.perfectlypetersen.com Perfectly Me

    Excellent article, Easton! Thanks for coming by. Congrats on your family’s move, and the success of your blog. You are a gentleman and a scholar.