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If you're anything like me you sometimes have a hard time prioritizing. It can seem like all the tasks are a priority and that's our mind playing tricks on us. It's not reality. Not to mention it's not possible to get everything done as a top priority. Something has to fall into second or third place on your to-do list.
I came across this good article on prioritizing. Hope you enjoy.
How to prioritize effectively,
with James Manktelow and Amy Carlson.
Prioritization is the essential skill you need to make the very best use of your own efforts and those of your team. It's also a skill that you need to create calmness and space in your life so that you can focus your energy and attention on the things that really matter.
It is particularly important when time is limited and demands are seemingly unlimited. It helps you to allocate your time where it is most-needed and most wisely spent, freeing you and your team up from less important tasks that can be attended to later. or quietly dropped.
With good prioritization (and careful management of deprioritized tasks) you can bring order to chaos, massively reduce stress, and move towards a successful conclusion. Without it, you'll flounder around, drowning in competing demands.
At a simple level, you can prioritize based on time constraints, on the potential profitability or benefit of the task you're facing, or on the pressure you're under to complete a job:
While these simple approaches to prioritization suit many situations, there are plenty of special cases where you'll need other tools if you're going to be truly effective. We look at some of these below:
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