I’m learning a lot this week about the similarities and differences of people work and task work. My role has been shifting into a managerial and oversight role over a significant number of people, and this has required much more personal interaction and meeting than I have had in the past.
Here’s a few things I’ve learned in no particular order:
- I can say without a shadow of a doubt that people work is equally as exhausting, if not more so, than task work
- People work requires as much planning, and more care, than task work
- It’s much easier to feel a sense of accomplishment in task work
- Great ideas come from dialogue, but action requires tasks
- Delegating tasks works better when you’ve done effective people work
- It’s much easier to manage tasks than people
- Task work gives me time to process people
Sorry for the stream of consciousness post, but I’m fairly brain-dead…forgot to mention that people work is incredibly mentally taxing.
Anything I missed?