Essentially, the presenter said, when deciding which tasks to do, we often choose ones based on urgency rather than importance. These are the many fires we end up putting out daily--essential or not. And sometimes the most important, but non-urgent, tasks are left undone.
I too often fall into this trap. It's the pressing but not necessarily essential emails and convos that can take up a whole day, while other perhaps more boring but often more important tasks I should be doing (filling out forms, updating item descriptions) get pushed back once again.
This is one of the many reasons it's been both exciting and oh-so-helpful to have an intern, even if it's only a couple of hours per week, to whom I can assign these important tasks that often get left behind. In less than a month Lara has checked a dozen long-languishing tasks off the piddix to-do list including a complete re-design of this blog (isn't it lovely?).
Recently the Oregonian published a six-point test to identify the most "proper" and legal internships (rather than just unpaid work) including:
"2. The internship is offered for the benefit of the student or trainee; the position may actually hamper the business."
It's an important point to make. My Mondays especially are spent in prep work and meetings revolving around the internship and it often feels like I get little "real" work done. But then I look and see what the intern is accomplishing--those thorny essential-but-languishing tasks--and it is so worth it. Thanks Lara!