Boss's Tip of the Day: Laundry and Projects
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If you're a boss, you know that every day is a challenge to do better. This tip is based on the same research I used to develop my programs and the Working Supervisor's Support Kit .
Laundry and Projects
"Laundry" is the not-so-important-seeming work that you have to keep up with. It includes things like routine administrative tasks, answering email, etc.
You can let the laundry slip for a day or so, but then you have to catch it up, or the undone tasks will overwhelm you. Your primary tool for making sure the laundry gets done is some form of checklist.
Projects are a different thing entirely. They're important for moving the team forward. The big danger is that urgent, but less important, things will claim your attention, your time, and your energy.
That's why your primary tool for making sure you keep moving forward is your calendar. Schedule project work in a large block every week.
If you have a copy of the Working Supervisor's Support Kit , you'll find more on this in the chapters titled "Some Basic Principles."
Wally's Working Supervisor's Support Kit is a collection of information and tools to help working supervisors do a better job. It's based on what Wally's learned in over twenty years of supervisory skills training. Click here to check it out.