There is a point in everyone’s professional life when they have so much going on that they just don’t know what to do or where to begin. This is what project managers feel like most of the time, but what they do with what’s being thrown at them makes them stand out from everyone else. Time management skills and being able to multi-task are crucial in this line of work.
Reading an article called “High anxiety: Managing projects with your pants down”, I learned the various ways that project managers try to juggle all of their projects and tasks. Brad Elegant, the author of that article, says the best thing project managers can do is delegate to their team-members. Teams are made so you can work together to get the project finished, and they are there to help you whenever you need it. If there is too much on your plate, delegate a task to another team member who can get it done.
An Italian management thinker named Wilfredo Federico Damaso Pareto came up with the 20/80 principle. This principle is a big thing to remember when working on projects. It explains that only 20% of your work produces 80% of your results. So in a way, less is more with this principle. Example: 20% of the most common software bugs cause 80% of crashes. Creating a to-do list of your most important tasks for the day can really help knock out some of the things that need to be done. Another basic rule is the 10 minute rule, meaning if you have a task that will take under 10 minutes to complete, then do it right away.
Having the ability to manage your time wisely, delegate tasks, and remembering the 20/80 rule will significantly improve how you handle projects and stressful tasks in the future.