Today, I’d like to cover the weekly life of a project manager. When I’m managing a project, these are the things I do every week:
Identify the next milestone. Do you have a goal that is less than a month away? If not, make one up as soon as you can. Talk about the next milestone in every meeting with the team.
Update your project plan. Schedule an hour or two every Friday to review and update your project plan.
Update your risk registry. During your project planning time, update your risk registry.
Send a weekly project update. After updating the project plan and risk registry, I send out an update that summarizes where things are with all the projects for which I’m responsible.
Putting these things together will often require meetings or conversations, but having a concrete idea of what you’re delivering each week can make it more clear what to focus on.