What is a check-in?
A Complish check-in is essentially like a status or progress update.
I know what you're probably thinking... Do I really need to do another check-in when I already have countless meetings a week? Here's where things get fun with Complish 😎
A simple daily check-in serves 2 purposes. The primary function of a check-in is to encourage you to give thought to how you will spend your day. We can all agree that sometimes, the tendency on a busy day is to throw ourselves into the deep end of work, without planning. This is neither efficient nor results in a highly productive outcome. Plain and simple, a 5 min check-in can do wonders for improving our focus and boosting productivity in our day.
....Secondly, it serves as a useful status update for your team.
A check-in consists of a list of tasks you plan to work on today, a progress update from the previous day and a space to share your mood and any other thought, feeling or context to help your team understand how you're doing today. Typically, the best time to do your check-in is right when you start work. That way, you can refresh yourself on what you worked on yesterday, and set your plan for the day ahead.
Benefits of a Check-In:
- Keeping your team aligned to a common goal
- Improves focus, resulting in higher productivity
- Reduces unnecessary meetings and discussions
- Provides visibility and progress on tasks and goals, allowing your team to highlight their effects and work.
Now that you see the benefit, It's time to write your first Check-in.👇
How to write a check-in
Writing a check is so simple, it'll likely take you no more than a few minutes, and considering that a daily check-in can often eliminate the need for a status meeting, for only a couple minutes of work, you can save yourself loads of time. So, while other teams may be reporting their daily tasks in a meeting, your team has time to grab a coffee, do their check-in, and start working on the tasks ahead.
Completing your daily check-in involves updating the status of yesterday's tasks, listing out the main tasks you're working on throughout the current day, and letting your team know how your feeling with a daily emoji and phrase.
Of course, if you want to share more detailed information with your team when you do your check-in, you can!
- Tag a goal on a task so everyone can see what you're working towards
- Add a comment to provide more context
- Set a due date
- Flag as blocked to alter the team of any roadblocks
- Mark as private so you can only see
- Check off once completed
Once you've filled in your check-in, you can publish it for your team to see. If you have enabled the Slack or Microsoft Teams integration, your check-in will be automatically published in the channel you've selected.
Adding private tasks to your check-in
To add a private tasks, all you need to do is click on the task and select the '🔒' symbol.
If you want to change it to public for any reason, remove the lock and that's it 🙂 Your team will now be able to see this item in your check-in.