In this post I show you my method of prioritizing and how this leads to great productivity
Prioritizing is a key skill no matter what you do, from deciding what work is more important to how the ingredients of a recipe should be cooked, prioritizing is crucial to your success.
Prioritizing a definition
pri·or·i·tize – verb
1. to organize (things) so that the most important thing is done or dealt with first
2. to make (something) the most important thing in a group
How to prioritize
So the first thing you’ll need to do is to make a to-do list. Write down all the tasks you have to complete, whether it be today, tomorrow or for this year, write them all down.
Now you have your list its time to prioritize them. I use a system developed by Brian Tracy (to the best of my knowledge), it’s called the ABC prioritization system.
Next to every task you will now write a letter A-E. Each letter represents something different:
Now you have the letters, its time to rank these tasks from 1 onwards. For example you’re a tasks are from A1-A3, your B tasks are B1-B13, your C tasks C1-C5, your D tasks are delegated and so that will be someone else’s job to prioritize and your E tasks are eliminated so it doesn’t matter.
You’ve done it!
So you should now be looking at a A-C list ordered with numbers. To be most productive you must now work through the list not skipping any task unless you absolutely cannot do it right now. So never do a B/C task if there are still A tasks nor do a B9 task if there is a B5 task still to do.
All these ideas come from the following book which I would recommend (full review coming soon).
Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done – Today!
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