Why checklists are one of the most powerful productivity tools you can have
If you ask any busy educator or childcare leader what they wish they had more of, they will likely tell you one of two things - time, or money.
While Sprout’s Quality Management System can’t help you grow a money tree, it CAN help you to claw back some time through powerful and easy to use tools that boost both productivity and decrease stress.
The best place to start when considering time saving and efficiency is the mighty LIST as this article so succinctly explains, to do lists are incredible powerful productivity boosters.
Compliance to do lists - a match made in heaven for our task orientated brains
The reality is that our brains love to organise our rather haphazard world around us into simple, bite sized chunks.
Of all the wonderful things a to do list can do, the top three brain boosters they deliver are dampening our anxiety about the chaos of our busy days, providing a structure and plan to work to, and, most importantly, giving us a smug sense of satisfaction as we tick those tasks away.
There is no place where to do lists are more suited then in compliance management and thats where Sprout comes into its own.
The “tasks’ tab within the app automatically creates lists of outstanding items that need to be fulfilled and also to make the journey that bit more fun, once a task completed a confetti cannon pops up a colourful tribute!
Sprout lists are not just for doing, they are for showing that we have done it!
Confetti cannons aside, keeping track of what you’ve achieved is a powerful accountability tool, for educators and leaders alike.
In Sprout there are all the checklists you’d expect - checklists for the yard, for opening and closing the service, for making sure the sleep space is safe, and many more.
Any time an educator or leader reports a hazard, there’s an option to add a follow up task, which will make sure nothing is missed, and also show you who had oversight in making sure those tasks were completed - a powerful tool for documenting any issues, and giving feedback to assessors or others should an incident take place.
And finally sharing is caring isn't it? Sprouts delegation function enables assignment
Sprout also makes it easy to divide up heavy workloads.
Each time a task is created, a due date and time can be assigned, and the task can be allocated to anyone in your team… although we don’t recommend giving too many tasks to those who approve your holidays!
Even better, a task can be assigned to multiple people, making the task function a powerful time saver for educational leaders.
You can use tasks to remind team members to chase up permission slips, to ask people to check in on documentation, as a quarterly reminder to check the contents of the first aid kit, and so much more.
Sprout makes it super easy to stay on top of the ‘to do’, leaving more time for educators to get involved in making things magical for the children in their care.
If you’d like to find out more, try a Sprout Demo and start your journey to a more simple and smile filled day.
Author Freya Lucas, The Sector
Freya is the editor of The Sector, and has over 20 years of experience in education and care services. Her previous roles as an early childhood teacher, primary teacher, and ECEC operations manager giving her a unique insight into the ECEC sector at all levels.