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Tips for the Multitasking Engineer

By Elindoro S. Rodriguez |

These tips, based on experience, can help engineers keep on top of their many tasks It is not uncommon for engineers to be working on multiple projects at the same time. Have you been in a situation where project priorities have changed and you are now expected to pursue one of your old, low-priority projects as a high priority? Although you last worked on it a year ago, your supervisor is expecting you to quickly pick up the pace as if you last worked on it yesterday. How about while working on various projects, you received a request for assistance from your sister company overseas. They are in urgent need of technical details for another project you were involved in more than a year ago. Fortunately, there is a way to become an effective multitasking engineer. This article shares a few tips that I have found useful over the years. These tips will assist in managing not only the multiple high-priority projects, but also the many small tasks that constantly come up in one’s day-to-day work activities. These will help engineers become highly organized, a definite requirement in today’s fast-moving engineering technology and business innovation environment. 1. Organize files and emails Prepare an electronic project-tree structure…
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