Now I've probably got a few tips and suggestions for my working practices, but the main one I want to share today is something my boss at Liverpool has introduced. We meet on a monthly basis, largely to catch up, but also to report back on progress and identify challenges. Each month, I complete a few fields in a Word document to help structure the conversation (which is also useful so we don't get carried away gossiping).
- Key achievements: outlining achievements and milestones met
- Forward look: outlining focus for the next month and milestones due
- Current and emerging risks: outlining anything affecting or could affect progress, and how these can be managed
- Key decisions to be made: (useful if you need someone else to do something)
I use this document (actually it's often a single page of bullet points) alongside a number of other tools that largely revolve around apps that support my practice. Of most note:
- Dropbox: Every document I work on gets saved in dropbox, allowing me to access across all devices (Mac, iPhone and iPad).
- Evernote: I compile all my notes when working at my desk or whilst at meetings in Evernote. Again, I can access these on all of my devices. I also keep a to-do list (of sorts) in Evernote.
- Twitter: Well that's obvious. Tweeting is a big part of my networking activities, and enbales me to interact with people I would never normally have access to, asking questions and keeping up to date with what's going on.
- Wordpress/Blogger: I find the activity of blogging critical in reflecting on my own thoughts. Sometimes my posts are brain dumps but they are really useful to me. Feedback from people reading my posts are extra positives, rather than something I set out for, which I find a nice balance. If you're blogging for an audience, it's probably not going to be as useful a tool for you.
Anyway, do you have an advice for my practices, or would you like to share some of your own?
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