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How to make a to do list (app) less overwhelming when looking at tasks? [closed]

I want to manage my tasks and assign specific days to complete them by. I have tried digital calendar and also tried a to do app. Th nice thing about the calendar is that it has weekly/monthly view. ...
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How the main task is related to its sub tasks in task management apps?

I noticed in many task management apps that they provide sub tasks to the main task. However, when you complete these sub tasks the main task is not completed. You still have to tick it to complete it....
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How can I ask for better technical requirements for the tasks I get assigned?

How can I ask for a better definition of the tasks I get assigned? Today the tasks are basically just a user story without any technical definitions on how it should be solved. They expect me to find ...
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How to talk to manager to assign a task to someone else

I am working on a task at a software company for two weeks. Now I realize that one of the team members who guide me is too slow or confusing. I am unable to make much progress after a certain amount ...
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Would I be out of line if I ask my Manager what is the purpose of the task tracker? [closed]

I work in the US. On Friday, my Manager sent an email to employees in my department and requested we complete a task tracker for one week. We are to write down the tasks we complete and the time frame ...
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What should I do if I am over tasked?

I would like to know what people on here do when they have a workload which is at maximum, and then they find a task they have runs over time. Examples: Technical tasks which are difficult to solve ...
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Address a co-workers service request that is not the main priority

I have a co-worker that is frequently asking me by e-mail to perform a task that is not my main priority. I'll be finishing the main task in about two weeks, and I was wondering how could I politely ...
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Coworker not giving me tasks despite many follow-ups

I'm working as a software engineering intern and finished some project a while ago and My manager promised to give me some new tasks. He did that by asking cc'ing another senior engineer to ask him to ...
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how to maintain work life balance

I (senior resource) used to work for a startup and the working hours were (14-16hrs/day) so i joined a new company recently. Now, the team is assigned a task and it involves a lot of POCing, and R&...
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How to make sure to limit the scope of a task?

I am working on 10 projects currently at my job, I literally do everything and I was asked by IT to write an enormous documentation on what every button does and document every logic. I only worked in ...
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How do you comeup with multiple teams where work in interlaced and all deliver the same Single UI project

I currently hold a team of 17 all of whom work on delivering single product --Admin UI. The problem with such a big team is Grooming, Standups, dividing works, scaling new team members, handling ...
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Team lead uses extremely old projects to develop new ones, which messes up the project

In our IT based startup, we have many leads who use old (really really old, like 3-4 years) project folder, and modify them for new projects for clients. I was working on a project, say Project 1. A ...
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How to avoid volunteering for work on extra tasks

Summary: My colleague asked me for "recommendations" on how to fix something in their area of authority. I provided steps to resolve it. Now I feel that my colleague is trying to share these ...
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As an intern, how should I discuss about a matter with many supervisors?

I am a newly joined intern at a company. Recently, I was tasked by my supervisor to discuss a matter with supervisors A,B, C and D from another department and get their opinions about it. I have not ...
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Should I bring to my boss's attention that coworkers are getting me to do most of the work by giving me huge to-do lists?

I am working in a retail store. There is one to three of employees working at a time, usually with no manager on site. I have almost never worked with the manager and mainly communicate with him ...
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Can I ask to recreate the wheel? [closed]

Some months ago, my boss asked me to add a feature to an unfamiliar source code written and maintained for a long time by another team, and I knew from one of my teammates who had resigned that its ...
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Dispatcher didn't mention me in Jira task; how should I clarify? [closed]

I work in an IT department with Jira. Before the ticket reaches my team, a dispatcher has to delegate the Jira-Task to someone. The "problem " : it appears more than once (today will be the ...
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Is there a standard approach for keeping an overview of current and next tasks per team member?

Preface: This question is asking for a commonly accepted approach of managing specific aspects of a team (if such an approach exists). As one of my tasks of leading a team of professionals, I have to ...
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Manager Argument about coding speed

A non technical manager keeps arguing that the team should code faster to deliver on the scheduled release date. We tried explaining that issues arise, thinking and coding simply cannot be sped up to ...
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Should I continue giving a teammate tasks I know won’t be completed?

So I have been at my current company for about 5 years. Nearly 6 months ago I got promoted to be team lead of the team I have been a part of since I started. In the time I have been with the company, ...
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How does one know or convey to the boss that task is beyond my difficulty? [closed]

I work in a startup where I am the lone developer (there is one more person who is completely into different domain). So it's my boss who gives me tasks consulting a mentor who she knows. The problem ...
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I've given a very simple coding task but I'm not quite getting what asked, how to be more effective/efficient?

I'm leading a small subproject in my company, and I've never lead any project before in my career and this miniproject according to my manager is supposed to be an exercise on leadership. I did a task ...
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Is it normal to be given tasks verbally? [closed]

Maybe it is my lack of comprehension with the spoken words in general, and my lack of ease with the native language spoken at my company especially, but I wanted to ask, is it normal to be given or ...
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Studies on overworked workers

I've found that there comes a point at which an employee becomes so saturated with work that spending additional effort to meet deliverables actually yields poorer quality results across the board. ...
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How can I address the issue of a broken desktop screen with my manager?

Due to lockdown, I was given desktop to work from home. One day I thought of cleaning desktop table and monitor as well. I kept my monitor on a box and started cleaning the table. I was keeping all ...
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How to help people become meticulous and thorough in a workplace setting?

I'm leading a team of programmers and I have had a number of interns/junior programmers who came into the team in the past decade. Some of them have done well and have continued onwards to become ...
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Employee assessment on a remote team

This is the first time that I'm asking about team management on this site. Please guide me I'm I did something wrong in asking. We have 9 employees that we were working in our office. These days, ...
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How to deal with manager who refuses to communicate with a team member?

One of the newly appointed managers always keeping an eye and criticizing the habits of one of the employees. He always keeps getting frustrated for one or another reason because of him, As being ...
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How to work with a technician hired with a grant who argues everything

I am PI (Principal Investigator at University) of some projects (funded my H2020 grants). Some technicians have been hired to support the projects. I gave them the project proposal document so that ...
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Coworker assigned his work to me with little notice; how to handle this?

My coworker who likes to push his work to other people emailed my supervisor with me as CC. Email goes like this: Hi Team Lead, Here’s the task assignment for tomorrow. A. WORK WORK WORK ...
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How to organize myself in a one man team

One year ago I got a job at a non technical company. Because I was a junior I quit after 4 months and went to a web-dev company and continued to work with them part-time. Now I decided to go back to ...
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How to deal with coworker not clear in tasks?

In an industrial company, I work in a team including a software maker. This is a very experienced person, and he has a great knowledge. We are working on a project, and I have a task to do after him. ...
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My task was reassigned to an intern, from my superior who is on vacation

I am working part-time in a small team, where my task is relatively isolated from the others' work. My supervisor is currently on vacation. At the beginning of this month, an intern started working ...
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What can you do when you are asked to do a potentially dangerous or odd tasks, unrelated to your main job duties?

What do you do when you are asked to do a task that is outside of your area of expertise? Specific example - originally hired as a ported at a car dealership. You are asked to remove floor tile from ...
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Upper management told me that I owe 3 working days to the company

Some weeks ago upper management gave me the task of updating the company's website without telling it to my team leader. They were clear that this task was going to be unpaid and should not interfere ...
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Need advice on setting up meeting agenda

I work as part of a small team working on engineering product development. I recently got a promotion to a more strategic-focus role. One of my first tasks is to "redo" the agenda for a recurring ...
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How can I avoid subordinates and coworkers putting off tasks until the last minute, then having no time for revisions?

I’ve had a recurring problem with people I work with leaving things until the last minute, then when there are problems, having no time to address them. Deadlines for “drafts” or similar sometimes ...
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How do I handle an erratic, negative manager?

Background At my workplace, we have a "Matrix Management" system. That means everyone has two people to report to: their Day-to-Day manager who deals with daily technical tasks, and their Section ...
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How to deal with colleague's extreme inflexibility and communication issues [closed]

I'm managing a colleague who is on the Autism spectrum. I find it quite challenging. For example, he's really inflexible. We have some regular tasks we perform, which aren't very important in the ...
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What to do when my ideas aren't chosen, when I strongly disagree with the chosen solution?

Bit of a psychological question I have here in relation to working as a programmer. In your work environment, when you're working on a particular system and that system needs to change due to ...
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Supervisor gives too short a time to finish tasks

I just got a job as a web programmer at this company. This is my first job. During the interview, they asked me to create a website, I created one using HTML and JavaScript. As I started working, I ...
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How do you tell your manager that your task is a new one

I am a data scientist, and I just moved from a consultancy company to a new company in a specific industry. During interview I already told my now boss that my experience was mainly customer ...
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How can I ask my manager more development tasks rather than maintenance and bug fixing?

Background I'm currently at a cross section in my career in a corporate. I'm almost a year working as a software engineer; in that period of time I've passed a team straining about the team's back-...
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What to do when manager has assigned me a project and I don't have the necessary product specific pre-requisite knowledge to do it?

I'm an intern who recently joined a product based company. Recently after completing 2 tasks successfully, I've been promised a full-time role and right from that time my manager has assigned me to ...
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End of day report or morning report?

When it comes to delivering a report on the day's work, is it better to deliver the report at the end of the working day (e.g. 5pm) or first thing next morning (9am)? What are the advantages/...
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Communicate to boss that the task I was assigned feels way to big/complicated

Like about a week ago my boss assigned me to a task, which to me feels way to big/complicated for me considering my minimal skills and lack of experience so far (I just graduated my bachelors degree ...
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How do I deal with a slow co-worker whose attitude is affecting my team?

So, I have this colleague (call him Mark). Both of us are software developers with more than a year’s experience (his being two months longer than mine). Since we were hired, he has been working on ...
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Balance between improving the system and generating revenue

I'm an online marketer, I'm doing two kind of tasks 1 - tasks that actually generate money 2 - tasks for improving my system, by developing tools, automation... My problem is sometimes I focus too ...
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What to do when a Senior Employee is adding to the task each week and not letting me complete the ticket?

In my company there is an employee who is senior to me, he has assigned me a task which I am performing currently. This task was assigned to me more than 3 weeks ago, but I am unable to complete it ...
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I'm bored at my new work but don't want to bother my lead every hour, what to do? [duplicate]

I am a software developer, my skillset, experience and my previous employer's trust and so on would qualify me as mid to senior-level. At the previous company I was kinda "head of" backend department ...
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