Multiple project management at work.

It can be even more difficult for a project manager to manage multiple projects at the same time. The manager might need to focus on one task while others are focusing on another. This can make it hard for people who are trying to work together because they’ll need to split up their attention. Here are some few tips to manage multiple projects at work:

Prioritize tasks Prioritize the higher priority work first and de-prioritize less urgent work at the same time. Do what you can to schedule tasks that need to be done as soon as possible in your calendar early so it doesn’t get taken over by less urgent work. The project manager must know which tasks will have a greater impact on the organization and prioritize effectively. This will help keep your project schedule on track and reduce missed deadlines. It’s a good practice to re prioritize work in light of a new project or other project schedules.

Adjust your plan through regular reviews It does not make sense to stick with the original plan no matter what. Being flexible is an extremely important attribute that an effective leader must-have. When you manage multiple projects, there are several unknown variables that can sometimes change your entire outlook. The smart thing to do is to hold regular review sessions where you update the original plan in order to successfully complete all your projects

Stay focused While you balance multiple projects at once, you are bound to give less attention to the task you are currently occupied with. In order to become an effective project manager, you must stay focused on the task at hand. One way of achieving this is to assign a specific time to each project according to their priority. Through this way, you can ensure that your attention remains undivided.

Assign tasks to a single owner If you’re the only person who should be working on one task, assign it to yourself. This helps you stay on the same page with the rest of your team and helps clarify priorities and workload. If there is work that needs to be completed by different people on your team, make sure you have a project management system in place so there isn’t any confusion.

Know when to delegate A good leader knows when to take charge and when to trust her team members. You must have a relationship of trust with your team and delegate tasks and assign them when you have too much on your plate.

Keep it simple and easy enough for your entire team to make sure that everyone is clear about the status of a task as it moves through your team’s workflow, consider defining and broadcasting your custom workflow with each step mapped out for the team to understand. This will keep everything organized and help ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely manner! Prioritize, assign and update status to get work done.

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Team players and their qualities.

If you have chosen team members for a project in your organization,but still one feels their is need to make check list on the qualities of a good team player ,below are some of the few qualities of a good team player;

Communicates constructively Teams need people who speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly, and with respect for others and for the work of the team. That’s what it means to communicate constructively. Such a team member does not shy away from making a point but makes it in the best way possible in a positive, confident, and respectful manner.

Works as a problem-solver Teams, of course, deal with problems. Sometimes, it appears, that’s the whole reason why a team is created to address problems. Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner. They’re problem-solvers, not problem-dwellers, problem-blamers, or problem-avoiders.

Functions as an active participant Good team player are active participants. They come prepared for team meetings, listen and speak up in discussions. They’re fully engaged in the work of the team. Team members who function as active participants take the initiative to help make things happen, and they volunteer for assignments

Shares openly and willingly Good team players shares information, knowledge, and experience. They take the initiative to keep other team members informed. Much of the communication within teams takes place informally. Beyond discussion at organized meetings, team members need to feel comfortable talking with one another and passing along important news and information day-to-day.

Exhibits flexibility Teams often deal with changing conditions and often create changes themselves. Good team players roll with the punches; they adapt to ever-changing situations. They don’t complain or get stressed out because something new is being tried or some new direction is being set. In addition, a flexible team member can consider different points of views and compromise when needed to offer.

Shows commitment to the team Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team’s work. They show up every day with this care and commitment up front. They want to give a good effort, and they want other team members to do the same.

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How to Bounce Back After Hitting Rock Bottom in Your Career.

Everything can go on well in your career but what about when you have a complete career breakdown? I mean a time when you hit rock bottom and seriously begin to question whether you should even continue in your chosen field? How do you recover from that?Here are some of the lessons from people who have been to the depths of failure and skyrocketed back to the top.

Don’t doubt your skills. There may be times when people question your ability and even ask that gut-punching question, whether you are in the right career We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We maintain this focus to help us concentrate, maintain balance and intention during a practice. In life, we create this focus, so not to get distracted by outside noise and block outside messages that harm our aspirations. Set an intention at the beginning of each day that you return to at day’s end. This gives you a measure of whether you stayed on track with what you set out to accomplish.

Avoid Negative Influences It can be easy to get dragged into a pity party when career setbacks occur. But it advised to avoid the negative influences that can really bring you down. Do not hang around with other disgruntled coworkers or complain with anyone else at work. That not only burns bridges, it gets you labeled as negative, an image that can haunt you if it becomes attached to your professional brand.

Find peace with yourself. At your greatest depth, you may find that the only person who still has your back is you. That’s why it’s always important to be your own best supporter and motivator and to remember to treat yourself kindly like a good friend.  Abraham Lincoln went through failed businesses and eight political defeats before he won the presidency. During his streak of defeats, he said about his situation: “I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.

Focus on the Positive Focus on the good, and the things you can control, even though you’re having a setback, are there any aspects you’re grateful for? focus on what you can control, like a marketing plan to get your career moving forward. Start putting together the pieces. Find out what resources are available to you for little or no cost through community colleagues, career mates, professional associations, and the school, or schools, where you got your degree.

Understand what went wrong to move past the setback and grow from the experience it’s important to think objectively. Was the incident a reflection of your personal performance or a new company direction that was beyond your control? “If you can review the situation and identify your own strengths and weaknesses, you’ll be in a better position professionally and better able to handle a similar situation that might arise in the future,” If you have a setback, find out why it really happened and address it

Put the past behind you and move forward Things often happen for a reason, and an apparent setback can actually place you on a fresh and exciting career path. “You have to take things as they come and work to overcome challenges. Just make sure you learn from each experience and get better because of it. It’s also important to understand that reaching for success always involves a certain amount of risk. Realize that taking risks will result in occasional setbacks that can eventually be overcome through determined, repeated effort.

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Pressure at work places and how to overcome it.

There is always a time at work place when different tasks need to be accomplished in a small period of time, this in most cases amounts to pressure. Their some few ideas to manage work pressure, if one Practices these tips and you will get better at dealing effectively with the pressures you encounter at work.

Stay focused on what needs to be accomplished. Even though the day may be stressful, keep your mind firmly focused on completing your regular responsibilities. Act and don’t react: As you stay calm, try to focus on the task, do not react to the source of pressure. Reacting to the source of pressure will only place more pressure on you.

Cool off: You can cool off by carrying out a simple breathing exercise. This is done by taking a sip breath through your mouth; it is called a sip breath because you will need to position your mouth as someone that wants to sip. Sip breath, hold for few seconds, then release through your nose. Repeat that for a number of times, it will help you cool off, clear your head and give you the ability to think.

Create A Prioritization Strategy Assess each task on your list. Is the task important to you? Will it relieve pressure or clear space in your day? Does it move you or your company forward? If not, ask whether you can delegate to someone else, or if that task can be postponed or eliminated. Give yourself permission to say no to incoming tasks that don’t meet your prioritization criteria so you can say yes to better things.

Forget The Future, Focus On The Present One way to be better under pressure is to pull back, slow down and stop thinking about the future deadline or work that needs to be done. Make a quick checklist of the three things you need to do next towards the deadline and do them. Courage is about taking the next hard step.

Break Your Tasks Down Any project or task can seem overwhelming when looked at as a whole. It’s critical to break it down into milestones or steps that can be easily attained. When you look at these individual steps, you can more readily meet goals and feel a sense of accomplishment. Seeing yourself completing the project also builds confidence in giving yourself a system to use.

Stop delaying something that must be done(procrastination), often because it is unpleasant or boring.  Pressure almost always comes because you have failed to prioritize and act. You likely procrastinated and now are paying the price. Procrastination is simply a bad habit . First, ask yourself what you are resisting. Then see if you can give up your resistance and simply act.

Change How You Think About Pressure The hardest part of working under pressure is coping with the perception of pressure. More often than not, we worry about some imaginary catastrophe that never happens, and that tends to render us powerless. Focus on one aspect of the task at a time, instead of looking at it in its totality.

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