Oh, the lowly weekly status report. Most everyone has to do them. Most of us hate writing them.
But, there is gold in status reports, for those who are willing to think their purpose through and deliver.
Status reports are communication tools
Yet, the lowly status report is a practical way — sometimes the only way — to communicate your accomplishments for the week. Passing communications with your manager don’t cut it. Because no one can remember the update for anything past one or two items and then only for what is happening that day. Doing one or two significant accomplishments each day doesn’t seem like much until put into a weekly context. Having five to ten significant accomplishments for the week places you in a different light.
Status reports are a record of your accomplishments
One of the most difficult lists to keep is your list of accomplishments. It is not as though you will always remember to go out to that resume performance review file and list yet another completion. We forget. We delay. We procrastinate.
Yet, the weekly status report can be the perfect vehicle for storing our accomplishments for both reviews and resumes. By placing our accomplishments in electronic writing, we document what we have done with our work.
Take a new look at your status report. Look at it as the communications tool and accomplishment repository of your work. I’ll help you do that over this week as we move the lowly status report up the career management tool set chain.