estate the mantra is "location, location, location" but in our busy work world
the words to live by are "prioritize, prioritize, prioritize." Too many tasks
and not enough time to do them is a common complaint in the 24/7 world of work.
The ability to prioritize - that is to assess your to-do list and triage the
most pressing, vital tasks - is a must-have survival skill.
your prioritizing skills aren't up to snuff? Read on for the basics on putting
first things first.
At the most
basic level, prioritizing can be based on time constraints, potential
profitability/benefit, or on the consequences of not completing a task.
Determine if a project can be put
off or if there's a deadline that can't be missed. Assess how long will it take
to do each project and determine if it makes sense to tackle the shortest
Consider if certain projects
likely to be more beneficial or profitable. Tackling a project that generates
the most revenue may make sense or tackling a smaller project for a bigger
client may pay long-term dividends. Assess the upside of completing each item
on your to-do list.
Examine your to-do list and
determine the consequences of not getting to a certain action item. If the
fall-out would be major if a project is unfinished, that item moves up the
priority list. No one will notice a task is incomplete? That item has
For more thoughts on prioritizing, read Harvard
Business Review blogger Peter Bregman's A Better Way to Manage Your To-Do List and Work Smart: Do
Your Worst Task First (Or, Eat a Live Frog Every Morning).
How do you
prioritize your work? Does taking the time to prioritize make you more or less
efficient? Share your thoughts here or at the Pendaflex Facebook page.
by Candie Harris
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