This month, I’m providing a career management tip-a-day (along with other posts) to help you trigger your own career management activities.
Today’s tip: Have a work management system.
When most of us were in school, we could survive managing our stuff with a simple calendar and a one page to-do list. The we go to work in our new position and have the expectation that we will be able to manage our work the same way.
In today’s cost-cutting, outsourcing, lean Corporate Earth environment, you should have far more things to do than the amount of time to do them. Consequently, you need to beef up your tools for managing your work from a simple calendar and a simple to-do list.
Here is what needs to be addressed:
While this all may seem obvious, my point is that you need to think about how you are managing your tasks, projects and calendar. If you don’t have a system of managing your work that actually works, you won’t be able to deliver to your team. Managing work today is a lot more than a monthly calendar, a blank notebook, and hope.