My most important priority is ALWAYS my 9 yr old. I then prioritize those things which will most enrich my life. I also weigh potential consequences of not getting something done. Sometimes I miss the mark so I forgive myself, make the necessary adjustments and move forward. Always forward.
What has to be done immediately and or effects someone else. What has to be completed in one hour, two hours, three hours, etc. remove anything that can be completed tomorrow.
There's an exercise that you can do. I believe it's called the Eisenhower Matrix. Very helpful in this case to determine just how important tasks are.
I like to have a plan at the start of a project or a clear job description at the start of a job and reference that at points of confusion! Sometimes it's easy to get sidelined by a timesuck that isn't working towards an overall objective so this is quite a handy process to check that. Obviously there's always extceptions to the rule. Ultimately conversations, asking questions and sharing insights help to drill down to the right priorities. It's not always easy to see them on your own.
I have so many things I need to do that I’m working on a deadline basis. Eventually I will be able to get ahead of my crisis mode and be able to plan on advance what my most important tasks are. I’m getting closer to being able to just maintain my paperwork and budgets so I can concentrate on making more sales.
It is simple. Time factor need to be taken into consideration. Which one has a deadline in the vicinity. And also to be considered is what is more important to you. These two factors might help us reign in prioritising.
- Do you have more than one to do lists? For example one for work and one for home?
- How do I write down and prioritize long term tasks that are due in the future but require work over many days?
- Does anyone write their ‘to do list’ at night instead of in the morning? I was reading that this is a great way to prepare for the next day.
- How do you ensure that great trauma (death in the family) does not reset your progress? I know habits will keep me sane, but they are hard to keep in grief.
- How do you choose your 3 most important tasks? Is it what has to be done as soon as possible? Or the things you really don’t want to do?
- How detailed do you make your to-do list? Do you make separate ones for home and work?
- When writing a to-do list, I often find that I don’t complete the tasks for the day, and write them for the next and the same thing happens. How can I ensure that I get done what I want to?
- How are you able to balance a busy life and taking time for yourself?
- Do you always do your to do lists or sometimes you put it as done while actually you haven’t done it yet?
- Do you write yours in the morning, the night before or as you know tasks need to be scheduled?