My first year as a school administrator, I was determined to be a leader who followed through on requests from teachers.
What I didn’t anticipate was how many requests I would receive in a day. After a while, I began to learn to some habits that helped manage requests more wisely. So, here are some suggestions on how to prioritize so many competing demands:
1. Give up Your’Savior’Complex
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can find the solution to every problem in your building.
During my first year, in a typical hour as I walked through hallways and classrooms, I would often be stopped two or three times with requests. I would write down each request on a legal pad I carried with me. By the end of the day, I had pages of notes. Then I would sit down that evening or the next morning to follow-up on them.