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How to Create a Project Timeline Using Microsoft Project

The Gantt chart: It's a time-tested tool for visually representing the steps, assignments, and duration in any project. So when project owners or managers kick off a new project, they'll look to create a Gantt chart first. It’s a useful way to keep track of all the moving pieces. Similarly, project timelines provide a quick, visual representation of how long the project will take, and they can easily be added to PowerPoint presentations or emails to present project overviews or status to project stakeholders and executives, as they don’t need to see the granular details of a project. So, how do you create a project timeline?
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If your washing machine breaks or your garbage disposal gets clogged, you call someone like Emily Bulgrin, a property manager for Colliers International, a full-service commercial real estate company. Emily is on the road a lot; her role requires it. And she needs to be able to access and submit work orders wherever she is, so customers don’t wear the same clothes twice because their washing machine isn’t getting fixed. Before Smartsheet, Emily had to email the work crew, wherever she was, to get something like a washing machine repaired. It was pretty haphazard, and the potential for risk or confusion was very high. That’s why she started using Smartsheet mobile to manage her properties.
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Do you pride yourself on multitasking? Can you watch TV, read a magazine, text your friend, and respond to a work email all at the same time? Well, you need to stop. We don’t mean to sound harsh, but all that multitasking is hurting your brain, reducing your IQ, and drastically decreasing your productivity. Our brains are not capable of focusing on multiple tasks at once. We just simply aren’t wired that way. And, when we force our brains to jump back and forth between tasks, we’re actually damaging our most complex organ. Constant interruption (multitasking) brings on high levels of stress, dulling our brain and slowing our reaction times.
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James is a coding machine. He has been a programmer for six years and knows dozens of different programming languages. He codes incredibly fast, with very few bugs. And, to top it all off, James enjoys teaching his colleagues new languages and naturally assumes leadership roles during projects. He is a perfect example of a high-potential employee (HiPo). He likes what he does, wants to do more, and always goes the extra mile. HiPos, like James, are employees who develop into leaders, rather than those who just do their job. But, James’ managers haven’t yet identified him as a high-potential employee. He flies under the radar and his managers are too busy to check in.
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.node-type-blog article img { margin-left: auto !important; margin-right: auto !important; } h3 img { height: auto !important; } Here at Smartsheet we have a wide range of sports enthusiasts, and when it comes to the NFL, we have quite the range of fans. From the Patriots to the Packers, Broncos to the Bears, the diverse mix often results in some spirited workplace competition. But as you can imagine, since we’re a Seattle-based company, a large portion of Smartsheet employees do support the hometown team, the Seattle Seahawks.
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