You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on project management courses to be good at managing tasks. Whether you’re leading a small team or a staff scattered across locations, you can rely on a couple of important practices that can make task management easier and even boost your productivity.
1. Review Tasks One Day in Advance
Each new morning you and your team should be able to plunge straight into intensive, high-performance work. This is one of the surest ways to max out your productivity, as our brains run at their best in the morning when the concentration reaches its peak. But you can’t do this unless you have prioritized your tasks beforehand.
Each evening, review the tasks that you plan to tackle next morning. Use a task management app like BubblesPlanner to assign them in advance. Sometimes, unexpected, high-priority tasks may thwart your planning, but in general, planning tasks at least one day ahead is a great performance enhancer.
2. Don’t Squander Your Mental Energy on Small Decisions
Famous entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg or Neil Patel tend to wear the same clothes and eat the same food every day. In this way, they waste no time on small decisions like what to wear or what to eat. Cognitive research shows even small decisions like these can tire the brain. The more you tire your brain with small decisions, the less effective it becomes at making important decisions later in the day. Don’t think twice about what shirt to wear — just wear one.
3. Don’t Get Caught Up in Task Management
There are more task management apps and guides out there than there have ever been. If you Google “task management”, you’ll end up with approximately 14,200,000 results. As a small business owner or manager, you don’t need the most advanced task management tools on the market. You just need a simple tool that works well across devices and that lets you assign tasks and manage them with ease.
4. Go Mobile
Last but not least, you want to be able to take your task management to mobile. In this way, you can manage, edit, and reassign tasks on the go, on your way to the office, at home, or while you’re traveling on business or leisure. It frees you from your dependence on your computer. That’s one of the reasons we’ve built an easy-to-use mobile app for BubblesPlannner.