Throwing a Dinner Party? You need Project Professional …

ID-10029474Over the summer holidays it is often the case that funds start to dwindle and splashing the cash on a night out has become a thing of the past – at least until you get your next student loan instalment. So what has become a sophisticated alternative is to throw a dinner party for you and your friends. Whether you’re a little nervous as a first-time host or you’re a veteran who wants to be more organised, fear not as help is at hand. Microsoft Project Professional can help you take the stress away.

I don’t know about anyone else but the task I find most difficult is making sure that each element of the meal is ready at the same time. Ensuring the bread is toasted in time with the baked beans warming through has taken enough time to perfect and that is only two components. Throw a roast into the mix, with the chicken, broccoli, carrots, peas, Yorkshire Puds along with any other favourites – it can become a real disaster.

The trick to getting your spuds ready with your chicken in time with your carrots is to create a timeline – that way you don’t forget anything and you can keep track as you go to make sure you are on top of things.

You decide to make a roast chicken dinner; friends are set to arrive at 2.30pm and you plan to eat at 4.00pm.

So first things first, make a list of resources you have available to you – the more friends you can recruit or new gadgets you can borrow to make things easier the better. As an example you have yourself (head chef), your Partner (they may not know it yet), a Friend (ask nicely), Hob and Oven. Project is flexible so you can adapt the plan to fit the size of your own cooking space.

Firstly take the part of the meal that will take the longest to cook – in this case it will be the chicken. Work out what time you would like to eat (in this case 4.00pm) and use the start-to-finish-links to work backwards so that you know what time to start prepping. For the other items team planner view is ideal for scheduling work.

Organise what time your guests will be arriving (2:30pm) as you can get most things done before they arrive to ensure that you have the maximum time available to enjoy your own party.

Tip: Once you really start getting creative with the team planner view, you can colour code each time.

Tip: Using the new Project Reporting feature you can also see how much work everyone else has to do. So, if you feel you are doing more than your fair share of the work, prove it to your ‘helpers’ and shove some of your tasks over to them.

On another quick tip: You can also use the custom field in ‘my tasks list’ to track oven temperatures – ideal for when you have multiple side dishes.

Using Project Professional means you stay on schedule and don’t end up exhausted and stressed, leaving you time and energy to enjoy the rest of the evening with friends.

Obviously Microsoft Project Professional is not just restricted to planning a meal – it can help you easily plan projects and collaborate with others, whether it is connected to a uni group task, planning your deadlines or organising a social event. Stay organised and keep your projects on track with the only project management system designed to work seamlessly with other Microsoft applications and cloud services.

This is a promoted post from our kind sponsors Phoenix Student Store.

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