Practical Tips for Prioritizing and Accomplishing More

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Prioritizing is the first step when it comes to gaining control of your work responsibilities.

To effectively prioritize involves knowing the difference between what’s important, what’s urgent, and what’s unnecessary.

The tips below have been provided to help you plan your work and meet deadlines in the most efficient way.

  1. Take 10 minutes at the end of each day to list all the tasks you would need to accomplish the next day. Mornings may be hectic and it’s easy to forget what you should be doing if you don’t have a plan in place.
  2. Weigh up the items on your list (on a scale of 1-10) by their importance and urgency, and eliminate the unnecessary. Further still, stack the most important ones on top of the lesser ones to create a hierarchy of tasks.
  3. Pick out the top three most important tasks which must be completed no matter what. Number these by their order of importance and label them as your ‘Most Important Tasks.’
  4. Pick out the NEXT three most important ones, also numbering them, but do not start on these till the initial three have been completed. Endeavour to see each task to completion before moving on to the next.
  5. Acknowledge that you cannot do everything in one day. Completing five or six items on your list makes for a productive day. Six tasks a day will add up to thirty tasks completed each week.
  6. Delegate, but play to your strengths. Remember that the most worthy efforts are team efforts. Don’t try to do everything on your own, it may raise your blood pressure. Rather, raise your effectiveness by locating the right people to help you.
  7. Stay in touch with a group of people who understand what you’re doing. These are your tribe members. According to Seth Godin, “A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.” Tap into your tribe.

Prioritization is being smart about your work. And being smart about your work is a great idea in this day and age. With automation around the corner, knowing what to focus on may be more important than knowing how to focus.