Saturday, April 17, 2010

Overcoming Backlog

Being in Operations its quite common to face piled up backlog on a regular basis, but at the same time to mitigate the same is even more fun..

I just wanted to share how do I do handle it. Here I Go...

Carrying a notebook always helps. Do Start each day marking a new page with date, create a to-do list of what needs to be done today like current works which needs attention today. Start with the biggest and most important task and prioritize all tasks on both lists. Work through each item one at a time and mark them off your list as you do them. Fit backlog work around work that needs to be done, while ensuring that all work that needs to be done today. This way you can reduce your backlog pile.

Its is also very important to flip to yesterday’s notes and copy every task or all recurring tasks with a blank checkbox next to it, to the new empty page (today). As the day progresses and you go to meetings, do your work, or get interrupted to do something…jot it down in today’s page and put an empty checkbox next to it. If you get it done during the day, awesome. Mark it complete.

Overcoming Backlog Requires Focus, and a bit of better time management.

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