Good collaboration is Time Well Spent.
Key Questions to be Answered
→How do you define time well spent?
→How can you help to ensure individuals use time well during a collaboration?
→How can collaborators intervene when time is not being used well?
A Case of Time Well Spent: It Takes Time to Spend Time Well
A Case of Time Badly Spent: Match Made in Heaven?
The following Toolkit activities relate directly to different aspects of the ELEMENT Time Well Spent. Click on the title to take you directly to the full activity.
This activity is intended as a reminder and a “placeholder” for collaborators to revisit the timeline that has presumably been laid out at the beginning of the collaboration. Sometimes timelines are developed but not maintained. In order to keep on track and hold all collaborators responsible for timely work, it is beneficial to revisit the timeline periodically.
This activity gives participants an opportunity to think together about the values that are most important to them in their work.
At the formal end of a collaboration, participants are encouraged to revisit the timeline with two main goals in mind: first, to review the schedule for work and confirm that all “assignments” and responsibilities have been completed; and second, to reflect on the process throughout the collaboration and discuss what has been helpful (or not helpful) in terms of keeping on schedule.
Once the work of a collaboration is complete, this interview is part of the process of debriefing. This activity provides some useful reflective opportunities for individuals and collaborative partners.