Organize and Share Outlook Tasks

I am trying to get organized for the new year, by utilizing Outlook Tasks.  My problem is that my direct spervisor is not ery good at using and assigning tasks.  He will often give me an assignment verbally or by e-mail.  I will then convert that into a task.  I would like to set it to show that this task was assigned to me by him.  I haven't been able to do this.  Every task that I create shows me as the owner.  How can I change this, or work around this, so that I can organize my tasks by the person that requested it?

This should probably be a second question, but has anyone found a good way to share my tasks with my supervisor, so that he can see my workload.  I want him to be able to see my completed tasks and then check my completion rate.

Thanks
Aaron GreeneProgrammerAsked:
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svndnstnCommented:
To share your tasks In Outlook 2007 you first select the 'Tasks' icon from the 'Navigation Pane' and then you can either select the link 'Share My Tasks Folder' or right-click the 'Tasks' folder and select Properties and navigate to the 'Permissions' tab.

In order for your supervisor to become the owner (and receive feedback) he needs to 'delegate' his task-folder to you. He can achief this by selecting the 'Tools' menu and click on 'Options'.

In the Option window he needs to select the 'delegate' tab and add you as an 'Editor' for his tasks folder.

He can further finetune your permissions, by default you receive full access to all his tasks,  by the same methode as explained above.
David LeeCommented:
Hi, AaronGreene1906.

The only way to have the task show your boss as the owner is for your boss to create the task and assign it to you.  The best workaround I can think of is to add your boss as a contact on the tasks you create that come from him.  You can then modify the view and add the contacts field, then group on it to get all the tasks from him together.  svndnstn has already suggested a way to let you boss see your tasks.  However, I doubt that a boss who is unwilling to create and assign tasks is going to show much interest in looking to see what you're doing.

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Aaron GreeneProgrammerAuthor Commented:
We are using Outlook 2003.

It isn't that he is unwilling to use Outlook tasks.  He just isn't that tech savvy.
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David LeeCommented:
It doesn't take much tech savvy to create a task and assign it to someone.  Perhaps you or someone else could spend a few minutes showing him how to do that.
Aaron GreeneProgrammerAuthor Commented:
That's true, but I haven't had success in getting him to change his work flow.  That said, I need a way to designate who my tasks originated from.
David LeeCommented:
Try using the contact field as I suggested.  
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