How To Prioritize Your Tasks When Everything Is Important
You may have backed yourself into a corner more than a few times tackling more than you can handle. Maybe you just have so much to do naturally that you can't seem to figure out what to do first. Whatever it may be; as people we are busy. Like almost all the time which can be extremely frustrating because everything is important! So how do you know where to start?
Don't worry because today I'm going to share with you a few ways you can break down your tasks so you can figure out what to do first. (You might even want to do all of these to make your list even more accurate!)
1. By due date
This one is probably the easiest. If something is due in an hour you better get on it. If something is due next week you can probably hold off, or do a little bit if possible everyday. If it's something you can do in 10 minutes or less, then do it NOW. This is a great way to organize your to do list because everything will be done on time as long as you stick to the schedule. Make sure you allow a little flexibility in case something pops up. What do you do when you have a bunch of things due tomorrow or next week? Why I'm glad you asked.
2. By length
If you have a project you know is going to take a few days or the course of the week, you'll want to start on that ASAP. Don't hold that off until last minute! If something that's due next week will only take a few hours, then work on your longer projects first to get them out of the way. You'll need more time to accomplish your longer tasks so always start them first. However if your few hours long project is due tomorrow you may want to start that first instead. Using the length rule and the due date rule together with your best judgement will help to really narrow down your list.
3. Is it for fun? Or is it serious?
Sometimes we do little fun projects like making a bird house, or organizing our room differently. Unless these are totally necessary, it might be a good idea to skip out on them until your big projects are done. If it's work related, bills, something with your kids, or a date then that stuff should always come towards the top of the list.
Sometimes the cost of success has to be fun. (Not always though! I believe business and fun can almost always happen together.) However this is a good guideline to follow in conjunction with the two rules above.
By using all 3 of these methods together you'll be sure to narrow down your to-do list in no time! My best advice would be to write out all of your tasks for the week and next week on a piece of paper. Then narrow it down after you've brainstormed everything you need to do. This will ensure you don't miss anything else that's important.
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