Tips & Tricks
Creating a Q2 Culture to Get Important Things Done
Julie Wood, Educational Program Manager
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, May 17, 2018
What is one thing you could do differently that would make a big impact on where you spend time?
- Schedule 15 or 30 minute meetings rather than an hour; there’s nothing magical about an hour and you can usually cover the same objectives in less time.
- Manage expectations with intention. If you reply to email twice per day, people will expect a reply once or twice a day. If you reply to email while on vacation, people will expect a reply when you are on vacation.
- Don’t be afraid to say no.
- Have one master To Do list and use calendar technology with reminders where possible.
- Delegate and trust.
- Ask clarifying questions to help prioritize and manage workload.
- Use a do not disturb sign.
Small protected blocks preserve important worktime.
- Have conversations with team members about agreeable approaches. Open communication and transparency promotes common needs.
- Reserve the last 10-15 minutes of your day to plan where you want to focus the next day.
- Continue to experiment with new techniques and approaches. What worked well last year might not fit now. Collected from lab management professionals in the Lab Management Community of Practice.