Scatterbrained? Stay Organized Using Outlook’s Task Manager
Posted on May 5, 2014 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
We use Microsoft Outlook as our email program of choice. I find that using Outlook’s Task Manager really helps me to stay organized. Plus when I complete a job, I send out a task status to my boss and anyone else involved. Also, my task manager is set up so that my boss can see for herself what projects I have on my plate, instead of having to come around and ask me.
Task Manager also serves me as a work diary so that everything related to a task/project is copied and pasted right in, and maybe even an attachment. What’s super helpful is when I need to retrieve information, or something accomplished, all I have to do is look up the task and there it is, all together without having to hunt down individual emails, or go to countless folders, wasting my time and everyone else’s if I have to bother someone for help.
What’s especially helpful is when I am coordinating tradeshows. Sometimes I am organizing 2 and 3 tradeshows at one time. Even though the shows have their own individual file folders where I store receipts, invoices, shipping info, and hotel reservation information, I need to set those handy alarms in the tasks to remind me when everything needs to be done. That has proven invaluable to me above all.
So try it! You will find you have more hair from not pulling it out.