How to set priorities

How do you sift through what really needs to get done now and what can wait, or even be done by someone else? Time is limited, tasks and things to do are unlimited. Here's how to get on top of it…

  1. Stick to the plot – remember your purpose and your end goal: does this contribute towards it? 
  2. Fast forward – when you look back on the day/week/month, what will you have achieved? 
  3. Be honest – is this just a distraction or is it really important? Are you actually avoiding doing the things you need to do? 
  4. You or them  –who really should be doing some of these things on your list? Is this really someone else's priority? 
  5. Disaster scenario – what will go wrong or not happen if you don't do it? 
  6. Biorhythms rule – understand what times of the day work best for certain tasks: are you better at writing reports in the morning, or reading strategy in the afternoon? Schedule accordingly so you are most productive. 
  7.  Busy, busy, busy – no one will respect you for just being busy for the sake of it. It's not productive. A mindset of making choices is the right way forward. You are not letting people down; you are being productive. 
  8. Old faithful – you can't beat a good list. Only put the big priorities into it. All other things are simply tasks (they can go on a separate list).

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