Don’t Make a Hamster out of a Tiger

Don’t Make a Hamster out of a Tiger

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We all know the saying “Don’t make mountains out of molehills”, but sometimes the opposite may be true. At times, people underestimate the significance of a problem.

Tiger is following the tracks, it is close, it is sneaking silently to its victim...

We offer you our article about how to avoid becoming a victim of tigers waiting in ambush – low priority tasks, how to outwit them and gain the upper hand!


Each Tiger has its Own Time

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Some leaders need time to slip into the right frame of mind to start a new working day. You can’t yield a maximum efficiency simply by snapping your fingers, so sometimes it is better first to drink a cup of aromatic coffee or just walk around the office, welcoming your employees.

A man is not a robot, even the most hard-working leaders, once in a while, when dealing with challenging core tasks, have their energy spiral downward; as a result, the productivity drops. During such periods, we recommend you to pay attention to low priority tasks.

Seeing that you are not ready for action, a low priority task pretends to be relaxed, but in fact, it waits when you finally overwork yourself and gathers strength for a sudden attack.

Certainly, any leader knows which of his tasks have priority. But this does not oblige him to spend all his time and efforts to solve absolutely all problems by himself.

When required, you can use highly skilled hired hunters to handle low priority tasks. This often leads to better results.

Don't let the tiger outsmart you. Instead of squeezing yourself unmercifully, try and take a break and temporarily switch over to the prioritization of low priority tasks for their further delegation.

This way, you can catch the tiger unaware, while it sleeps, and render it harmless before it attacks you!


Tracking Down the Tigers One by One


"If you run after two hares, you will catch neither..." – also applies to tigers. Moreover, tigers are territorial animals and tend to roam alone. The secret is to find the problem before it finds you.

When you see a low priority task, do not turn your back on it, going out on a search for other problems. The tiger won’t sit idle, it will lunge at your back!

Too much multitasking highly demotivates and leads to a decline in morale. Get thoroughly prepared to meet the tigers. Make it a rule to compile a list of 2-3 low priority tasks at the end of the day; it won’t take you much time.

Make a small "tiger calendar" in your diary, this will help you focus on outlining the plan to catch the tigers the next day. Let it become your habit.

Thus, you can increase your personal efficiency and the productivity of the company, as a whole, and devious low priority tasks will never be able to take you by surprise!

If there are too many tigers, and you realize that you have no chance to handle them alone-delegate their capture to a remote team. These brave guys will do anything to exceed your expectations, using non-trivial solutions.


When Going Tiger Hunting, Beware


Low priority tasks should be treated the same way as core problems - forget about social media, unimportant calls, and interesting blogs. Focus your attention on the main thing – catching and destroying the tiger.

Choose the time to deal with low priority tasks, if possible, make a permanent schedule. Say, from 14:00 to 15:00 you have tiger hunting plans.

In this case, you can take one of the three ways:

  • You go hunting alone
  • You delegate tasks to staff members
  • You hire a remote team

If you handle low priority tasks alone, you will hardly have any free time, which will eventually lead to greater fatigue and stress.

You can fill the backlog of staff members with these tasks, but, as a rule, they will add them to a long list of tasks "put away for later". Or, on the contrary, the colleagues impulsively take on low priority tasks, forgetting about the main thing, sacrificing time, which could be spent on something more important.

If time is running out, it is critical. In such case, the best solution is to involve a remote team: while you resolve strategic issues, your tigers will be caught and the problems will be solved. Such distribution of tasks will give you at least a couple of advantages:

  • You can substantially save your resources for renting and arranging of the workflow. A remote team is much cheaper: you don’t need to buy any equipment, pay for insurance, sick leaves or office rent; you just need to outline the tasks and wait for the result.
  • You will have the energy to deal with the most important and complex strategic issues, while the remote team protects your peace against the ferocious tigers.

Read more about pros and cons of a remote team in our article: 

Outsourcing, outsharing and dedicated team: a new definition of professionality

If the staff members suddenly have some free time or if you want briefly to step aside from thoughts about the most demanding needs – you may start hunting on tigers.

In any case, remember – a tiger is not a hamster! Once you lose vigilance, it will start hunting you!


A bonus advice: don’t forget to take a rest from time to time. Take good care of yourself and save your energy!

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