People always ask me, “How do you get it all done?” I can tell you one thing, it’s not easy, but it’s recognizing and organizing, and prioritizing tasks. Like most, I juggle many hats, but I wasn’t always good at multi-tasking!
When I was in college, I would always do things at the last minute and be running. Honestly, I was like this for most of my adult life, the feel of rushing to get things done. I don’t think I can express enough how much I hate this feeling. I would wake up with anxiety many mornings or even have trouble falling asleep thinking about the next day. The lack of order and consistency in my days robbed me of well…me. And why was it all on me?
About 6 months ago, I said ENOUGH is enough. Because yes although life was busy, my lack of discipline wasn’t life’s fault. It was mine. Since then, I’ve been focusing on getting back to the basics and also focus on tasks that I would be happy passing off to someone else.
Now, my weeks have so much more space and structure. It’s not boring. It’s not even hard. It just takes a decision and incremental action.
If you’re feeling like your life is out of control, here’s one thing I’ve implemented into my weekly routine that has been LIFE CHANGING. Intentionally setting myself up to accomplish the important tasks or achieve goals sets me up for success. Look below for a free task prioritization resource that you can print, complete and implement!
So Many Tasks! Which One Do I Prioritize?
Have you ever had those days when all tasks are considered top priority? Don’t fret; here’s an effective way to arrange them.
In prioritizing, remember—time before importance. In other words, a task that is more urgent must be done before a task that is more critical. Writing out a plan will help keep you more accountable and successful. You can’t successfully prioritize until you have only one thing to focus on right now. Use the tips and techniques below to help prioritize your tasks.
Three ideas for prioritizing tasks:
- Brain Dump: Jot down all your tasks in one place as they come to mind. In school, teachers call it brainstorming, but we will use the term Brain Dump, just dump the information down and get it out of your mind.
- Order of Importance: Look at the “brain dump” list and organize them in order of importance.
- Timeline: Put together a timeline prioritizing by urgency and importance- that need to be done immediately, this week, this month and the leftovers (or tasks that you can delegate)
Be significantly better by knowing what’s important and urgent, from what is not!
Prioritizing your tasks will help to increase productivity and give you more focus.
Where do you want to go this week, this month, this year? How you prepare will predicts how you will get there.
There is a tremendous difference between being busy and being productive. All successful people know how to prioritize their tasks; that’s how they have become the top players in their field.
Planning your days and weeks more effectively is a valuable tool to maximize your productivity. Download my free task prioritization resource to help you evaluate your tasks and complete them with efficiency.