Recognize starting a project or a study with enthusiasm, walking the extra mile to design the best study schedule, intervention logistics and set-up the best eCRF? Everyone involved working and alert to get things ready for first patient in?
When the first months pass by, the project or study is not so much paid attention to anymore, until an important milestone or deadline is in sight?
Causing people to dive in the project or study to check what is - and is left to be - done.
Getting up to date (again) on what exactly happened with the subjects at the sites.
Re-establishing contacts and getting people ready to meet the milestone for their part.
Spending a lot of time to get to know details and the big picture again.
Resulting in peak capacity for the study with less attention left for other projects and studies.
An opportunity to prevent peak capacity periods for the future.
Also because accountability gets more and more important to have, keep and get assignments. No matter what role you have, and with emphasis when you use data and information to answer questions, fulfill requests and draw conclusions.
Even in research environments where procrastination isn’t immediately seen, being accountable unconsciously accounts for additional assignments, a higher recruitment rate and happy sponsors.
Next to consistently knowing what’s going on, being accountable builds great relations and diminishes overall project and study time spent.
So, when you find yourself stressing to keep up for the Xth time, it could be your time to re-organize your work.
As a manager or project leader you could guide the people in your team to work from being up-to-date on their core task.
As a professional too you could start uncovering your core task. Yes, even if you are a manager. And become up-to-date on that core task as of tomorrow.
Are you in touch with all your projects and studies? Are you up-to-date on that part of the data and information you or your team handle and others need?
You could start uncovering your own core task. Either by figuring it out yourself or with help of the following Core Task Checklist:
See, feel and know what difference it would make for yourself, your team and your (internal) clients if you carry out your core task, being up-to-date on your core data and information, every workday again.
What would change, if you could answer immediately, fulfill requests within an hour and help people move on, accurately, much faster?
Keep up the spirit throughout your project or study!
Met vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,
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