Multi Tasking Friend or Foe?

There are those who insist that they can ‘Multi-task’ when running a building project. They insist that their brains can cope with this and that they are productive in doing so….

What utter rubbish!

Our brains are wired to work productively if we concentrate on one thing at a time. This doesn’t mean that we can only manage one process at a time. It means that we have to organise things so that each task is allotted the right amount of time to be carried out efficiently and that enough buffer time is allocated to allow for intrusions and setbacks.

If we attempt to run any project by multi-tasking, it normally ends up in chaos and ultimately dispute as productivity is negatively affected and those people who need answers to their questions get frustrated by a project manager running around like a headless chicken.

The only way a building project can meet it’s target, which is completion on time and budget, is if it has been planned and programmed logically and realistically. This is a process, which can be achieved by anyone with a modicum of self-discipline and a notebook, so long as they have a good knowledge of the given subject.  

In the case of building, this level of knowledge is becoming increasingly hard to achieve for the average DIY enthusiast. If basic design concepts are stuck to rigidly with no allowance for flair or imagination, then yes anyone can do it. If however any of the more conceptual designs are undertaken then the project manager needs to possess enough depth of knowledge to be able to foresee the likelihood of any problems and nip them in the bud before they become a major catastrophe.  

In this situation to try to manage, your own project is likely to leave you a penniless nervous wreck…especially if you have neither the training or the inherent self-discipline to carry the day.

It is this mix of logical management skills and construction knowledge that makes a professional construction project manager such a valuable tool for anyone considering building work.

Steve

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