A to-do list can help you keep track of the tasks that you need to complete. But, it’s hard to decide which task to take on first when it comes to completing those tasks. If your to-do list isn’t working for you, then it is time for you to consider Agile time management techniques to get your most important work done. In this article at Forbes, Luciana Paulise explains that spending little time learning Agile time management techniques will help leaders achieve what is planned.
Agile Time Management Techniques
Focus On a Single Task
“Divide projects into smaller parts, that is, tasks no longer than one to three hours,” explains Luciana. This will help you make adjustments quickly and focus on your priorities.
Have a holistic view of your projects that you have to accomplish. Cultivate the habit of imagining and visualizing, as precisely as possible, what you expect to see, and what problems may arise. Write down the most essential and urgent tasks, and also define a routine to achieve them.
Finish Your Tasks
Every day you might be juggling multiple tasks to keep your business going. However, you must focus on one task at a time to see it through to completion. To complete a task, allot time for each activity and book your calendar if possible to avoid distractions.
Plan in Advance
For instance, you may conduct a remote team meeting at the same time every day. A sudden unexpected issue may arise, and you get caught in a phone call. Your presentation report and the agenda for the meeting is not ready. What should you do? Plan in advance how you must deal with these inflection points to avoid stress and continue with the routine.
Compare Against Initial Plan
Develop a task board with all your pending tasks for the week. Review it at the end of each week and take action to improve your priorities. If your schedule worked well, repeat the same routine. Ask the following questions:
- Which task can be eliminated?
- Which task took longer than expected?
- Did the project exceed the budget limits?
- What are the unplanned tasks?
To read the original article, click on https://www.forbes.com/sites/lucianapaulise/2020/11/09/5-steps-to-manage-your-time-the-agile-way-in-2021/?sh=30c321be4012.