Make Priorities A Priority

It is very common for a person to have scores of tasks on his or her to do list. How can anyone hope to complete so many next steps in pursuit of accomplishing goals? The solution is prioritizing, a critical part of the life management process.

Those who desire to achieve great things must first realize that it’s impossible to do them all at the same time. Once that reality sets in, a careful look at the big picture is in order. This means making a quick scan of all the items in one’s court, and determining which are most important.

Generally, numbering every task in its priority order is unwieldy. Many experts, therefore, suggest assigning an A, B, or C to each item, then coming back and placing a 1, 2 or 3 by the A tasks. Those identified as A-1 would be tackled first.

Yet another method (and my personal favorite) is to review the list with this question in mind: “What three or four things must I accomplish today in order to feel that my time has been worthwhile?” This less scientific, more mystical approach plays off the premise that we intrinsically know what our priorities should be, we just need a little push to face them. If on a given day the mind just won’t work this way, one of the other prioritizing techniques can be applied.

Regardless of the method, finding a way to establish priorities should be on the top of every life manager’s list.


The above is used by permission from the book Three Years Of Tuesday Mornings: 156 e-mails about business and life by Steve Fales.


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