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Prioritizing High Impact Projects over Non-Promotable Admin Work: Empowering Women in the Workplace

As women, we often find ourselves shouldering a disproportionate amount of administrative tasks, such as note-taking, organizing meetings, and data entry. While these tasks are important, they are often non-promotable, meaning they don't directly contribute to our career advancement or professional growth.

In contrast, high-impact projects are those that have the potential to drive business results, improve processes, or innovate solutions. These projects require strategic thinking, creativity, and leadership skills, and are often highly visible to senior management and other stakeholders.

To prioritize high impact projects over non-promotable admin work, consider the following strategies:

Learn to say no:

Be mindful of taking on too much administrative work, and learn to say no to tasks that are not aligned with your career goals.

Delegate or outsource:

If possible, delegate administrative tasks to others or explore automation tools to free up your time for more strategic work.

Negotiate with your manager:

If you're being assigned too much administrative work, discuss with your manager how you can prioritize high impact projects instead.

Identifying the Right Project and Cadence

So, how do you identify the right high impact project to take on? Consider the following factors:

Alignment with business goals

Is the project aligned with the company's strategic objectives?

Visibility and impact

Will the project have a significant impact on the business, and will it be visible to senior management and other stakeholders?

Skill development

Will the project help you develop new skills or build on existing ones?

Time commitment

Is the project feasible given your current workload and commitments?

As for cadence, consider the following:

Start small

Begin with a smaller project to build momentum and confidence.

Prioritize incrementally

Break down larger projects into smaller, manageable tasks to ensure steady progress.

Set realistic deadlines

Establish achievable deadlines to avoid burnout and ensure success.

Celebrate milestones

Acknowledge and celebrate your progress along the way to stay motivated.

By prioritizing high impact projects over non-promotable admin work, and identifying the right project and cadence, you'll be well on your way to

advancing your career and making a meaningful impact in your


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