Week 1 – September 7th, 2021 Theme: Tips to Track and Minimize Interruptions

Most Parent Center Directors experience the “revolving door” that goes with our busy offices and staff teams. A little bit of research into the “who, what, when, where, and why” you experience interruptions can help you sort through possible solutions that will save time for you and for those you lead. This resource provides a template to log and analyze interruptions and possible solutions for the root causes you identify: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_94.htm

Week 2 – September 14th, 2021 Theme: How to Make Meetings More Productive

Did you know that holding shorter meetings while standing up will increase productivity and solution focus? This list provides 12 research-based solutions help you hold effective meetings ONLY when you need to: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/12-secrets-super-productive-meetings-you-should-know.html

Week 3 – September 21st, 2021
Theme: Helpful Tool to Help Decide if Meetings Should be Emails

When we are working with our staff on resource and service development, we need to hold meetings to produce as a team. Or do we? When should a meeting be an email instead? When is a meeting absolutely necessary? You might be surprised at how much your team can accomplish before you meet when you assign actions and communicate expectations that includes engaging via email first: https://blog.doist.com/meeting-vs-email/

Week 4 – September 28th, 2021 Theme: Manage and Save Time with Action Item Templates

Different time management tools should be used in different situations. Project management task lists should be numbered, assigned, and based on grant work plans. Board task lists and assignments might need to be tracked differently. Want some ideas of how to design the tools you need? Here are 12 FREE ideas to use or copy: https://www.smartsheet.com/content/action-items-templates