In my workplace we get to work on many projects at once – this is one of my favorite parts of my job. I won’t go into detail about the many things I love about my work, but the ability to have variety is energizing.
Of course this means that there’s a lot to keep track of. Most of my work aside from teaching my classes heavily connects to the work of my other colleagues, which adds some more complexity. So how do I keep track of it all and maintain progress?
Before the “to dos” even show up in my planner, I do some pre-work. I ask a lot of questions about the nature of the work so I fully understand what I would be signing up for. This is NOT the time to blindly agree to iTunes latest privacy update – take the time to get the scope of what you’re responsible for. Some of my “go-to” questions are:
Understanding the background, I am more equipped to agree or say no to a project. It sucks for me to find out partway that there are a ton of other things that also come with the project. I’m also a firm believer in making expectations as explicit as possible, so everyone is on the same page not only about the work but about HOW it will be done.
Since most of my work requires meetings with my colleagues, I make sure I have enough lead time to find common meeting time. I break down the tasks into smaller feats to do every week to maintain momentum on the work. Honestly it’s hard for me to explain because my brain works this way pretty quickly – but here are some strategies I use that might help you.
When I need to zone in, I put my noise-canceling headphones on, turn on my “Focus” playlist on Spotify (which I’ll write more about soon!), swig my coffee, and GO.
At the end of the project I like to sit down and write about how it went. How did it go? What went well? What didn’t? What do I need to remember for the next time so I can get to the better part faster? Incorporate, and go.
What about you? Any tips that I should incorporate?