Every management routine has an anchor. The anchor is what the routine is built around.
You anchor around points of accountability. If you're accountable for doing something it becomes an anchor. Examples -
- Making schedules
- Reviewing performance data
- Monitoring/inspecting work
- Submitting budgets/forecasts
- Submitting performance results
- Making announcements
- Implementing corporate policy
More anchors evolve in support of the points of accountability
- You attend meetings
- You make plans
- You conduct meetings
- You meet with employees
The anchor isn't your routine! The anchor explains why your routine exists. You develop habits that occur before and after the anchor, and that becomes your routine.