It is a
familiar scenario. On any given work day, multiple projects and tasks come
across our desks labeled "Top priority." We then go home to the embrace of
family members who need X or Y right away and the cold stare of a pile of bills
that are (almost) past due. With so many contenders competing for top spot on
our daily to-do list, it is no wonder that we end up feeling
stressed and burned out.
de-stress and rekindle the flame of enthusiasm for our professional and home
lives, we need to learn to prioritize. While making the
best use of our time and resources might seem like a tall order, prioritization
is a skill we all can master a step at a time.
As this MindTools article
points out, you can start prioritizing based on one of three factors:
P.O.S.E.C. method is another practical approach to prioritizing work-life
tasks. At its core is the premise that we can better handle whatever comes our
way if we first pay attention to our everyday,
personal responsibilities. This informative post
from project management expert Mark Phillips depicts the method's
hierarchical guideline as follows:
One technique that works for me is
at the end of each work day, I make a list of things that I want to accomplish
on the next day. This simple activity makes me think about my 'priorities', and
in the morning I am ready to attack my list.
to hear from you. If you have a practical and proven way of prioritizing, please
comment on it here or at our Beyond Folders Facebook
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