A project manager can either make or break projects. Their ability to prepare for, intervene with or take control of an unexpected situation can bring a project to great heights.
On the other hand, their disregard and complete inactivity can completely derail what should have been a very successful project.
For managers who believe they have become careless and often lazy when it comes to their projects, believe it or not, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There are managers that are very productive while maintaining their laziness. There are certain techniques, allowing the lazy soul to enjoy the comfort of their chair while achieving their project goals.
There’s lots of truth in this quote
“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
– Robert Heinlein
Here are some tips for gaining progress while maintaining your lazy mode:
The Pareto Principle
This principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, is a theory maintaining that 80 percent of the output from a given situation or system is determined by 20 percent of the input. Quite simply, the majority of sales within a company are due to a small number of customers, not the majority.
Therefore, instead of trying to put all your energy into swaying the majority of customers, concentrate on the 20% that could be the most profitable.
To successfully delegate, you must understand its principle. It takes brains and a good deal of focus to transfer well. Being precise and clear about your intentions will get what needs to be done, done.
Goals and tasks must be defined individually and followed up by authorization. As you will be delegating various tasks to your team members, you are responsible for delegating the necessary authority. Each team member must be given the power of organization and the resources needed to complete the job.
Once members are assigned their responsibilities, it’s up to you to oversee how things are moving along and if everyone is on the right track.
The most important elements of the good delegation are in choosing the right individuals with the right tasks. Knowing each team member, their unique skills, and their expertise will help you decide on the best member of the best project or task.
Assigning tasks randomly will usually lead to disaster because the right person is not being assigned to the right task, choose well. Appreciate and reward your employees for the hard work they put into their tasks. True appreciation leads to greater motivation down the road.
Automation Is The Friend Of Lazy Men
Technology and tools are the great eliminators of problems and too much effort. There are many advanced soft-wares developed for management that will simplify many situations. Data can be accessed with ease, updating and sharing in real time is a breeze.
Even while you are not in the office, you can oversee project updates by using a project management app through your mobile devices. All this can be done with high efficiency and fewer errors.
Day plannerThe sooner you start planning your project, the sooner you are going to reach your goals. It’s wiser to plan ahead, so all members are keeping up with the workflow in a smooth and efficient manner. You can always check to see if all progression is moving along as planned.
Do A Few Things Well
Taking on too many projects at once leads to mediocre results. Focusing on a few things will lead to a masterpiece.
No matter what you need to get done, you must put your all into it. Procrastinating will get you nowhere, Know what your peak hours of productivity are, what time of day is your level of concentration at its height. Some people truly work better in the midnight hours while others are more focused in the early hours of the morning.