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Do that other thing

So you have finished that most annoying thing. Good for you! Now do that other thing.

What is the other thing?

Very simple, this is the one other task on your task list (see also: “Always work from a list”) that if done immediately helps your manager the most.

Not yourself – at least not directly - but your manager!

It is important to identify this task as it helps you to achieve many things:

1. Your manager will see you as someone who prioritizes correctly (at least from his point of view).

2. Your manager sees you as someone who supports him to get things done fast and efficient – without much need for supervision, reminders or embarrassing moments like “Did you ever get around to do …”.

3. You establish yourself as your manager’s “Go-to guy” – which is important as you will over time receive the most important projects from him as his goal is to get stuff done (he also just wants to be efficient).

4. You build a trust with your manager which will help you many times during your direct relationship which each other but also when he or you move on to other things.

Now you have finished your most annoying task (that feels good, doesn’t it?) and you have done the most important task for your manager (so he also feels good as he has gotten important work done) – this is the best start of any work day, everything else will be easy (and on top of that you just motivated yourself).