People who give out tasks really like the Assign Task feature of Outlook 2013. People who have to do those tasks are much less enthusiastic. If you’re a Task getter more often than you’re a Task giver, you have to look at the bright side: Outlook on an Exchange network can also help the boss stay informed about how much you’re doing — and doing and doing!

You may have noticed that the Task form has a box called Status and another called % Complete. If you keep the information in those boxes up to date, you can constantly remind the Big Cheese of your valuable contributions by sending status reports.

To send a status report, follow these steps:

1

Click Tasks in the Navigation bar.

The Task module opens.

2

Double-click any task.

A Task form opens.

3

Click the Send Status Report button in the Ribbon.

A Message window appears, and the name of the person who assigned the task appears in the To box.

4

Enter any explanation that you want to send about the task in the text box at the bottom of the form.

The text that you type appears in the form.

5

Click Send.

You can send status reports as often as you like — weekly, daily, hourly. It’s probably a good idea to leave enough time between status reports to complete some tasks.