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.
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.
Healthy communication is key! Get to know your collaborators. Meet regularly face-to-face. Encourage openness, listening & friendly discourse.
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.
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.
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.
Leave wiggle room for errors, revisions, dead ends, and other hiccups. And remember to schedule time for eating, sleeping, exercising, and relaxing.
12 Basic Principles of Project Management
Duke OIT Project Management Guide
The Smart Way to Manage a Large Research Project
Project Management for Humanists
Trello (Collaborate! Track tasks! Online!)
Asana (Manage all the things. Lots of features.)
Producteev (Make lists. Set Deadlines. Search by Tags. Export your data.)