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Tip of the week: Time management tricks for coordinators

Residency Program Insider, January 25, 2011

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Even with the stress of holidays behind us, there’s little rest for coordinators. Although the winter doldrums may make it may be tempting to take a mental holiday from all your work, coordinators need to stay on task to wrap up recruitment and get the ball rolling on orientation.

Block out an hour to create a calendar outlining major responsibilities for 2011. A calendar to refer to helps guarantee that you’re not missing anything.

If details overwhelm you, write general descriptions of tasks on the calendar, such as “recruitment” or “graduation.” If you like details, list as many to-do items as you want on your calendar.
Develop timelines by expanding the to-do list for major responsibilities noted on your calendar. Work backward from the due date and set mini deadlines.

If you collaborate with others on these jobs, assign each person tasks and deadlines; indicate them on the timeline. Meet with stakeholders to get progress reports and update the timeline accordingly.
As with your calendar, once you’ve created your timeline, use it year after year, modifying as you go.

This week’s tip is from Residency Program Alert.
 



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