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What is project management?

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Are you writing a paper, completing a class project, publishing a book, designing a course? Are you doing all of these at once?
Do you feel stressed out, disorganized, exhausted?

Then you need project management!

Project Management is a skill set for building habits that enable you to work efficiently, complete tasks on time, stay organized, communicate with your collaborators, plan and sustain your research, and successfully complete any kind of project.

6 Essential Skills for Better Project Management

6 Essential Skills for Better Project Management

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manage your time

Create a routine. Whether it’s every day, or only a few hours a week, set a schedule and stick to it. Check out our tips for using that time efficiently.

talk

Healthy communication is key! Get to know your collaborators. Meet regularly face-to-face. Encourage openness, listening & friendly discourse.

take notes

Keep a journal! Reserve time at the end of each working session to document what you did, how you did it, and what 

you need to do next.

set goals

Identify the major tasks you must do to complete your project. Break those down into bite-sized pieces. Assign roles, create deadlines, and stick to them.

organize your research

Find It, File It, Save It, Back It Up! Create a filing system and workflow. Use it every time. We've got a few ideas for how to get organized.

take care

Leave wiggle room for errors, revisions, dead ends, and other hiccups. And remember to schedule time for eating, sleeping, exercising, and relaxing.

A Project Manager's Toolbox

A Project Manager's Toolbox

Tools

Learn

12 Basic Principles of Project Management

Duke OIT Project Management Guide

The Smart Way to Manage a Large Research Project

NCSU Libraries Project Management Basics

The Cult of Done Manifesto

Project Management for Humanists

 

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14 Best Free Project Management Software

Trello (Collaborate! Track tasks! Online!)

Wunderlist (Make lists until your heart is content.)

Asana (Manage all the things. Lots of features.)

Producteev (Make lists. Set Deadlines. Search by Tags. Export your data.)