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Re/Defining Work!

Click!!! You turn on your computer screen, ready to start the workday. You take your first sip of coffee as you review your agenda for the day; administrative and project management tasks, meetings with a variety of stakeholders, projects with competing deadlines, and a lot to be done. You begin dreading – and mentally preparing- for the tiring workday ahead. As you are reviewing your schedule, you wonder how you will get it all done. “I’ll just skip lunch today,” you think to yourself, as it is something you have had to do on more than one occasion and are all too familiar with.


There are two types of work: finite and infinite.


Finite work is likely the first thing you will think of upon hearing the word “work”. It is the work that has a start and an end date. This work is tangible, structured, usually broken down into manageable deliverable tasks, and it is something you know you will be finished. Projects and one-time endeavours are examples of this type of work.

Infinite work is unending, unstructured work. This work can include checking your emails, putting together a status report, posting on social media, and other operational and administrative tasks. This work is important; however, it is always there and can get out of hand very quickly.

We all have Finite (Project Based) and Infinite (Ongoing) work and they pull us in different directions. So how does one balance between finite and infinte work?


The solution? Work management tools!!


Tools such as and Smartsheet are Work management tools. They features that improve the management of work! Some of these feature include:

  1. Plan Work: Work Management tool provide various ways of planning work. From simple checklists to more complex Gantt/timeline charts for those managing larger projects and even Kanban style card views for more agile work planning

  2. Manage work: Automate repetitive tasks through simple no-code workflow that can include but not limited to:

    1. Reminders and Notifications of upcoming or past due tasks

    2. Approvals

    3. Update requests on tasks you have assigned to others

    4. Assign tasks based on task type

    5. Date and time stamp once an action is complete

  3. Collaborate on work: Use @mentions, attach documents and stay connected with team members contextually on tasks. Never have "where is that email on that task" moment or "They sent me that file but now I cannot find it" problem

  4. Report on Work: Setup or generate real-time reports and visual dashboards in minutes without writing a single line of code

To summarize, work management tools can provide the optimal way to manage your work and improve productivity so you may never have to think “I’ll just skip lunch today”.

Why not give these tools a try. Start your free Trial today by clicking on one of the following links

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