Digging Into Office Projects: Keeping It Simple & Consistent

Digging Into Office Projects: Keeping It Simple & Consistent

So you’ve been assigned a project in your office.  You need to get the process moving, but don’t quite know where to start. Here are some simple tips that may help:

  1. Discuss the specific project expectations with your supervisor. Be sure to ask exactly what outcome they hope to see.
  2. Also ask, what is their deadline and is it realistic for you?  If not, negotiate another deadline.
  3. Make a plan for the project. Be sure to set aside time to talk to people and allow them to respond,  and then chart or document the plan.
  4. Be determined to follow the plan.
  5. Follow-up by tracking your progress regularly.

If you are trying to figure out how to keep things in balance, remember keep it simple, and be consistent.


Have a plan of attack for every day.  When you get to work, try to do the following first:

  • Check emails – make notes on a sheet of paper of what needs to be done TODAY.
  • Check phone messages – make notes on what need to be done TODAY.
  • Check in-basket –  prioritize them on  what needs to be done TODAY.

Now you should have a pile on your desk that includes the things you need to do TODAY (which are on top) while underneath are the items that do not need attention today but still must be completed; they may have been sitting in your to-do pile for some time.  It’s time to tackle these items now!

There are days where three out of your five today items didn’t get done.  They should remain on the top of your pile for tomorrow.   Be persistent at striving to finish them.

So often we tell ourselves “I’ll have time to do it TOMORROW.”  On the other hand, we often think we need an entire day to tackle some projects when, in reality,  they fly by. If we would just dig-in and do it, it would be finished before we knew it and we wouldn’t have had to spend so much time and energy thinking about it. Remember, keep it simple, and just get it done.

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