Consider the importance of time, meeting, and project management skills and
how planning in these areas can lead you where you want to go. Being able
to organize yourself and your time will be noticed by some, whereas, being
able to organize others by leading meetings and projects is visible to more
people. The skill areas of time, meetings, and projects are related in
principle and similar in technique. Adopting one of these skills and
applying the principles can lead to learning the others.
Below is a diagram showing how these three management skills, plus the
additional time saving aspect of workspace organization, interconnect. The
arrows represent how one planning skill can help to build or improve
others. A two-way arrow indicates having this skill can help with the
improvement of another skill and vice versa. A one-way arrow indicates that
the skill the arrow goes from helps with improvement of the skill at the
example of how these skills are related would be setting tasks and
priorities. In time management a written set of tasks to do is prioritized
according to goals. In a good meeting, the goal is the meeting purpose and
the group has a prioritized task list in the form of an agenda and action
items. In managing projects, major tasks for reaching the goal are listed
as the plan and assigned resources according to priority.
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issue on Prioritizing Tasks.
There are software applications available that allow individuals to plan and
prioritize their time, as well as some for project management. Many of
these same applications, if used on a network, can also be used for group
planning and communication. Some allow for setting up meetings, sending
invitations, assigning tasks, or directly booking meetings on the calendars
of others on the network. Using these applications can be a great time
saver in coordination of both meetings and projects.
popular group activity that requires planning and communication uses a metal
ring with long strings tied to it for each participant. A ball or egg is placed
in the center of the ring. The group task, while each holds the end of
their string, is to take the ball or egg from
their current location to their target/goal location (onto the top of a
bottle or glass/ or into a bowl or tube) without dropping it. The activity
can be made more difficult by placing obstacles in the group’s way or by
blind-folding all but one member of the group.