Are you and your manager on the same page?

Managing our time can be difficult if we are not entirely sure of our priorities. Here’s a quick activity that may throw up some surprising (and thought-provoking) results.

List the major areas of your job responsibilities (the ten most important tasks)

Now predict how many of those ten tasks or areas your manager would list if he or she were asked to do so.

Is there a difference between what you listed and you think your manager would list?

Why do you think that is?

Before your next one to one session with your line manager, ask them to complete the list too, with what they believe are the ten major areas of your role. You can then discuss this exercise together and see where your areas of difference are, and agree a plan to adjust priorities so you are both working to the same agenda.

Liz Kentish The FM Coach runs a one-day programme on Making Effective Use of Your Time. To find out more, please get in touch with us, contact Liz Kentish, The FM Coach on Tel: 01778 561326 / 07717 870777 or email:

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