Boss’s Tip of the Week: Make routine things routine

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If you squander your attention remembering when to do routine tasks or re-inventing the way you do them every time, stop it. Make routine things routine.

Use follow-up files and digital reminders to bring routine tasks and events to your attention. Make a list of what you must do every day, week, month, quarter, or year. Then put your reminder system in place.

Use checklists and simple processes to make sure routine things are done the same way every time.

Don’t squander your valuable attention on routine things. Do them routinely so you can lavish attention on important things.

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Hamilton Lindley   |   03 Jun 2019   |   Reply

Fewer decisions are better. Good point, Wally.

Wally Bock   |   04 Jun 2019   |   Reply

Gotta save that cognitive energy for the important stuff. :-))

business process management   |   06 Jun 2019   |   Reply

Nice tip! I also really think that making lists helps to get things into your system. I also think that business process management is key these days.

Reanda   |   27 Aug 2019   |   Reply

Great tip!

I always feel like forgetting some things, setting follow up reminders is a good one.

Wally Bock   |   03 Sep 2019   |   Reply

Glad you found something helpful. Thanks for sharing.