The Top 10 Ways to Get Work Done

Getting work done doesn’t have to require going outside of your company if you already have folks with the expertise and knowledge to complete tasks. Sometimes, getting more done requires a rethinking of the business structure and skills of the people you’ve got, with an eye toward collaboration.

  • Reorganize

By far the most time-intensive, reorganization will require a massive amount of time and planning to do well, but may be worth consideration if you discover what’s worked for you in the past is no longer able to keep up with or maintain operations in the way most profitable for your business.

  • Transfer within

Is there someone in another department you’ve heard good things about? Do they have a skill you constantly find yourself seeking? All of us start jobs with one skill set and add more talents as time goes by. It’s a good practice to keep an ear out for positive comments and accolades as this may serve your needs in the future.

  • Reduce or eliminate

This one requires hard questions. Is this task something necessary and critical to operations or success? It’s important to bring in the opinions of others you trust before making a choice to forgo a task or project. If it doesn’t impact your bottom line, is it completely necessary? Is there a way it can be simplified or absorbed into another project?

  • Delegate

With the right relationships in place, delegation is simple. Be careful that your delegation doesn’t negatively impact the work and time of the person you choose, and that your delegation doesn’t become an easy way to avoid seeking a better option.

  • Insource

If the project or task is a one-time or limited-time need, you might have the person you need to do the job down the hall. Contract with them and offer terms of agreement on the task/project so they do their best work and don’t view this as being ‘something else’ they have to do in addition to their regular duties.

  • Create alliances, allies and trades

There are clear-cut times when you need to hire, and there are times when your company can hash out an agreement with another company to swap services of equivalent value. What is something your company does well that another compatible (or competitor) company could use? Do they have a talent or skill that could help you? What connections do you have with these organizations that you can mine for more details and information? Especially in smaller companies where operating budgets are already tight, collaborating builds collegiality while getting work done.  And isn’t that what it’s all about?

So the next time you’re caught in a time crunch, ditch clock brain and try one of these solutions to move yourself forward. Start simple, start small … but start somewhere.

Beth Morrow is a recovering clock brain, freelance writer, teacher and program director at Camp Hamwi, a residential camp for teens with diabetes. Reach her at

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