Jacob Fine 05/16/12
ROIer Uses Micro Grant to Improve Efficiency
Categories: Micro Grants
New York City based ROIer Jacob Fine took advantage of an ROI Micro Grant by working with an executive consultant to help him improve productivity and build time management skills.
I took advantage of ROI's Micro Grant opportunity by working with an executive coach
named Sarah From. Sarah is a NYC based consultant whose mission is to "help social
change leaders and organizations become more productive, effective, and aligned through coaching, facilitation, organizational development and workspace organizing."
My work with Sarah has been extremely helpful. Like so many people, I find
myself helping to run a organization without any formal experience in non-profit
management. I went to rabbinical school where I studied a lot of Talmud but I learned
very little that is helpful to me in my various managerial and administrative roles as
one of the directors of a dynamic and growing organization. While I have been able to
develop a certain amount of organizational development skills on the job, I still found
myself struggling with a variety of challenges involving being a successful professional--things like time management, project planning and workspace organizing. I needed help integrating systems in my work life that would set me up for success in a world where the work never ends and the emails never stop coming in.
While I still have a lot of room for growth in all of these areas, my work with Sarah has
been tremendously helpful. To my surprise, she didn't offer me a lot of "you should
do this" and "you should do that." Rather, after helping lead me through a meaningful
goal setting process, she really helped me come up with systems that would work for
me. Here are just a few of the highlights that came of our work together that have really
changed how I work for the better.
• Morning Meeting With Myself: I now start each day, before I check email, with a
morning meeting with myself. During this meeting I review my day and my week
and set priorities.
• Week in Review: Each Friday, I set aside time to review my week. What did I
do? What notes need to be incorporated and made actionable? What does next
week look like?
• Email: Setting aside discreet time for email each day rather than always having
my email open.
If you are interested in learning more about Sarah and her work check out her website