How to Multitask and Effectively Plan a Project

Written By | General, Leadership Success, Time Management | March 12th, 2012 | 9 Comments »

how to multitask effectively

All of life is a series of projects. A project is a complex task. It is often called a multitask job. This type of job requires the coordination of efforts of several people, each of whom is responsible for a part of the job, with every part of the job being necessary for successful completion. Your ability to handle these multitask jobs is a critical skill for success. All achievements of consequence are complex, and they involve the cooperation of many people.

The Key Management Skill

A study by Stanford University of the qualities that companies look for in promoting people into the position of chief executive officer concluded that the ability to put together a team to accomplish a task was the single most important identifiable quality of an executive who was destined for the fast track in his/her career. Your ability to put together teams to do multitask jobs, ability to complete complex projects, and visible qualities of leadership will determine the course of your career as much as any other factor. It will enable you to multiply yourself times the talents and efforts of others, and accomplish vastly more than you could do on your own.

A Learnable Skill

Project management is a learnable skill, like riding a bicycle. It can be divided into a series of steps, each of which you can master, one at a time. In managing any project, you begin by defining the ideal desired result of the project. What exactly are you trying to accomplish? What will the project look like if it is a complete success?  Start by defining a successful completion of the project, the ideal desired result.

Start at the Beginning

Once you are clear about your desired result, you then start from the beginning. Determine what you are going to have to do to get from where you are to the completion of this project, on schedule and on budget. Determine a specific deadline or target to aim at. Make sure that it is realistic and achievable.

Assemble the Team

Bring together all the people whose contributions will be necessary for the success of this project. Sometimes you need to assemble a team before you can even decide upon the ideal result and the schedule. Remember that people are everything. Take ample time to think carefully about the people who are going to be the team members.

Share the Ownership

Instill ownership of the project in the team members by sharing the job with them. There is a direct relationship between how much a person feels a sense of ownership for the job and how committed he is to making the project a success. One of the key jobs of management and leadership is to instill this feeling of ownership in each member of the team, so that each person feels personally responsible for the accomplishment of the overall project. You accomplish this by discussing every detail of the project with the people who are expected to carry it out.

Develop a Shared Vision

A shared vision is an ideal future picture of success that everyone buys into. How do you develop a shared vision? You sit down and work with the team to answer the question, “What are we trying to accomplish?” You encourage everyone to contribute, visualize, and to imagine the ideal outcome or desired result of the project. Once this vision is clear and shared by everyone, you move on to the development of “shared plans” to achieve the vision.

Set Schedules and Deadlines

Once you have a shared vision and shared plans, and everyone knows exactly what is to be done and what the ideal results will look like, the next step is for you to set a deadline for project completion based on the consensus of your team.

Create a List

Create a to-do list and write down every task, function, and activity that must be completed, right down to the smallest job. Make it easier for yourself-get the project finished on time and break the project down into individual jobs and tasks as much as you can.

Organize the Project

Organize the different parts of the project in two ways: sequential tasks and parallel tasks. You organize by sequence when you determine which jobs must be done before other jobs can be done, with each task in order. Sequential organization is necessary where a particular task requires that another task be completed before it can be started. In almost every case, before you do anything, you have to do something else first. Organize the tasks sequentially with a logical process of activities from beginning through to the end of the project.

The second way to organize the tasks is through parallel activities. Parallel activities exist when more than one task can be done at the same time. Two or more people can be working on two or three different tasks independently of each other.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Please leave a comment and share with your friends!

About Brian Tracy – Brian Tracy is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on google+, facebook, and twitter.

DOWNLOAD THIS FREE E-BOOK AND DISCOVER THE EXACT FORMULA FOR GOAL SETTING SUCCESS!

When you subscribe, you’ll get access to the Goals! E-Book, instantly!

Subscribe now by entering your email address below.




You may unsubscribe anytime. Read our Privacy Policy

Your Free gift - Goals!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

9 Comments

ADD A REPLY





  1. Fa says on May 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm:

    Thank you Brian, ill do it!

  2. http://drumcenteroflex.com/tag/time/ says on August 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm:

    goo.gl/Fe5Lu

  3. Christopher OLOWOOKERE says on April 3, 2012 at 8:24 am:

    In a situation where a team plan and work together without any selfish player, the team scores more goals than when an individual wants to be seen as a star. Most of the time you cannot do it all alone. Thank you Brian for this post

  4. http://www.meetandattract.com says on April 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm:

    I find it much more simple to get things done if I can get my team involved in what I want them to get done… then they just start motivating each other and eventually everything gets done.

  5. Skanderbeg says on March 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm:

    Hello,

    I’m 20 year’s old and an online enterpreneur and manage a team, but still go to school.

    I started reading a few books lately, and this article described a lot of things I was already doing, without knowing them :)

    But there were some great helpfull tips aswell, thanks!

    regards from Germany
    Skanderbeg

  6. Elias koech says on March 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm:

    Nice and can lead to personal greatness.

  7. Pat Coldiron says on March 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm:

    Excellent tips on teamwork.

  8. Tanmoy Chakraborty says on March 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm:

    simple and effective steps to organise and complete a project!really helpful!

  9. Becky West says on March 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm:

    I love the whole idea of teamwork in this way! Seems to me the project would be “fun” and not work. That’s how you help me see it – thanks Brian!

Close

DOWNLOAD THIS FREE E-BOOK AND DISCOVER THE EXACT FORMULA FOR GOAL SETTING SUCCESS!

When you subscribe, youll get access to the Goals! E-Book, instantly!

Subscribe now by entering your email address below.

You may unsubscribe anytime. Read our Privacy Policy

Your Free gift - Goals!

67 queries in 0.923 seconds.