Ambitious professionals who want to do a good job can find themselves slowed down by their work. Slowed down by time spent adhering to procedures, meeting agreements and responding to the requests they got. Especially when we started a new role, experience pressure (e.g. backlogs, a re-organization, a bunch of new assignments) or are longing to step into a new level.
In order to accelerate and get some space to decide upon next steps it tremendously helps if you are crystal clear about your current core responsibility and its corresponding, practical translation into a core task. A core task you can successfully carry out in 5 to 30 minutes a workday. As an easy ‘tooth brushing’ routine helping you take care of your most important piece of work, in time.
What is your core work responsibility?
The thing, only you can influence?
The task which, when consistently done, is work success?
The part of your work you cannot delegate, because colleagues haven’t – are not allowed – access?
It isn’t that easy to get crystal clear on your core task, because a knowledge worker’s mind is continuously fed and consulted. Information is easily built and regularly delivered in a big and complex way. While information received today can be irrelevant tomorrow.
Knowing what you core task is and keeping up with it gets you the assurance that, no matter what, you do a good job. While the corresponding accountability you show by keeping up with your core task, attracts people to help you develop further.
Currently I consciously stick to my core task. Conducting it first-thing-first every workday morning. Which keeps me in charge of my workday despite the number of mails, requests and to-do’s on my list. By doing so, I can still create space for development. Learning from the data beneath my service, delegating more not-core work and enjoying keeping up with my core task; helping people to develop and deliver their results on a work daily basis.
There are 3 criteria a task should fulfill in order for it to be considered your core task.
If you would like some help to uncover your core task, I’ve made an A4 set of questions to help you figure it out. You can apply here for the Core Task Checklist and create space for (your) development:
Have fun discovering and conducting your core task!
Met vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,
All Rights Reserved. www.procdm.nl. 2016