1.2.4-1 Introducing the Management Calendar

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A calendar is an essential management tool for planning and organizing lab tasks. In this activity, participants learn to create and use a calendar to schedule, coordinate, balance, and prioritize lab activities.


  • A calendar serves as a visual reminder of all important duties/tasks and their timelines. It is also a planning tool with which to distribute critical lab tasks evenly across coming weeks, months, quarters, etc. in a timely manner.

  • For the calendar to be an effective tool, it must be kept up-to-date.
  • If a task is important and must be completed, then the task must be assigned and scheduled onto the calendar.


Can you:

  • Populate the calendar appropriately?
  • Use the calendar to schedule, coordinate, balance, and prioritize lab activities?


Beatrice van der Puije

Ms. van der Puije helped redesign the classroom-based SLMTA 3 curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Based in Ghana, Ms. van der Puije is a Public Health Program Manager at African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), a pan-African organisation strengthening medical laboratory networks and systems in Africa. Ms. van der Puije is a certified QMS Trainer, with a Master of Science Degree in Medical Immunology and Microbiology. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.

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