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5 Multi-Tasking Strategies for Business Managers

Multitasking is not really a good thing, but sometimes you can't help it.

Business managers, for example, have this problem. They often have to manage multiple projects at the same time.

Sometimes multitasking can be hazardous to your health, but there are ways for managers to do it productively. According to one multitasking work management order, here are five:

No. 1 One Place

Designate one place for all your projects. If you want to see what's going on with everything at the same time, manage them all in one place.

A work-management program, like Trello, can help with this. It helps workers and managers collaborate, and it's mobile.

No. 2 Define Goals

If you're seeing inconsistencies in process and delivery, step back and define goals. Follow up with plans and assignments.

"Set team-level objectives, and clearly communicating the projects that will help you achieve them," says Asana, another work management platform.

No. 3 Prioritize Work

Starting with the easiest job is not necessarily doing the best job. Prioritize tasks based on what will make the most sense for the company.

"Your top priorities should align with these goals and help you get one step closer to achieving them," says writer Kasey Fleischer Hickey.

No. 4 Balance Workloads

It's hard for people to do anything if there is too much of everything. Make sure you have a way to see employee workloads, and then balance them out.

Managing them from one place (see No. 1 or No. 2 above) keeps you informed. Then you can remove, re-assign, or reschedule tasks across the board.

No. 5 Adjust Schedules

Part of balancing the workload frequently includes adjusting schedules. Without a coordinated timeline, workloads, priorities and everything else can fall apart (see No. 3 and No. 4 above.)

But in productive multitasking, there is time for everything if you make time for everything.

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