Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Better Action Items: Delegate to Yourself

A few days a ago, I blogged about the importance of describing your action items so the description contains enough information for you to just do it.

Ethan wrote a guest entry for 43 Folders where he gives a practical tip on how to do just that: Write your tasks as if you are delegating them to someone you actually know.

  • This will get you closer to having action items you can start doing without having to first think about what and how. I see a connection here with literate programming. Maybe we could call this literate doing?
  • After you lay out your action items this way, you might discover that it actually isn't that hard to delegate some of your tasks. This takes you on the path of becoming better at delegating, an area where there is room for improvement for many of us.