Executive Assistants Network - Important vs. Urgent: Managing Your Workload

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 -
8:15am to 10:30am EDT
Open Society Foundations, 224 West 57th Street, NYC
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This program is being offered as part of the Executive Assistants Network, but is relevant to all junior level administrative support staff.  

Do you often find your to-do list growing faster than you are able to manage?  Have you ever felt compelled to answer a non-urgent email late in the evening?  Does work-life balance within your organization skew too much toward work - with too little left for your personal life?

The sheer volume of work and a fast-paced work environment can lead us to prioritize by default: whatever seems most urgent catches our attention, whether or not it truly is.  But, this way of working means that we may not be allocating our time, energy and attention to where we feel it matters most. Moreover, habitual urgency can cause unwanted stress, strain working relationships, affect the quality of our work and take a toll on our personal – and professional – lives.  

At this peer interactive session, we will explore some best practices in managing what is urgent and important in our work responsibilities, as well as discuss strategies to align our own priorities with our supervisors and organization.  Please be prepared to bring examples to the session.

  • How to distinguish between the urgent and the important
  • Ways to identify your team/organization’s important work – and protect the time to support it
  • How to set expectations of availability, and communicate about boundaries with your colleagues and supervisors


8:15-8:30 AM Check-in
8:30-10:30 AM Program

Online registration is available until October 6th.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. First time on this website? Set your password.

Please email ncollins@philanthropynewyork.org with any questions.

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