Allie has noticed several improvements since bringing on her Double—just by handing off all of the small things she used to take care of as company ‘white space.’
Consistency and reliability for repeated processes: Onboarding and offboarding involve a long list of tasks that have to get done, like managing SaaS subscriptions and adding or removing someone from the website and wiki. At Mapistry, that work doesn’t fall squarely into anyone’s job description, but it still takes several hours to do—and Allie usually took it on. “We needed it to be someone consistent—who has access to the systems and knows the process—my Double is that person and she saves me hours every week by handling onboarding and offboarding,” Allie says.
Time savings where she didn’t expect it: Allie’s Double triages and responds to emails, as well as organizes her inbox. As a result, Allie knows what’s the most important work to get to when she dives into her email.
Focusing on the work that matters: When Allie is stressed, she has a tendency of doing small tasks that should be handed off: ”I like to feel like I’m making progress,” she says. “By forcing myself to hand them off to Jessica—not having those things on my list—it’s easier for me to step back and think strategically about bigger issues.”
Being a better leader: Allie is more present in meetings and with her team because there aren’t so many things vying for her attention. She’s able to support her company better by focusing her strengths where she can drive the most impact.
Things don’t fall through the cracks: Using the Double app to communicate with her Double, Allie can be sure that work won’t fall through the cracks, even if she goes on holiday. “My Double always follows up because we track our work in the app, which gives me peace of mind knowing no task will be forgotten,” she says.