Take a long-term view when setting priorities and you’ll have a much greater chance of achieving your objectives.
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Start by taking a bird’s eye view of your life and slowly nail down more specific goals.
Identify your big goal. Then get more granular and identify specific goals along the way.
Each goal you set should be S.M.A.R.T. — Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
Start planning daily tasks.
These tasks can then be organized on your to-do list.
A highly effective framework for setting priorities.Tasks are classified into one of four boxes.
By prioritizing tasks this way, you’ll allow yourself to really focus on the important things without becoming distracted.
Another way to prioritize tasks is by using the 80/20 rule. This rule states that 20% of your work will account for 80% of your results.
To use the 80/20 rule when setting priorities, analyze the items on your to-do list. Which of them will have the greatest impact on your current project, career, and life? These are the tasks you should focus on.
Everything else can be delegated, dropped, or accomplished after you’ve completed the most important assignments.
“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Regardless of where this saying comes from, it’s a valuable concept. If you struggle with procrastination, you would be wise to schedule your most difficult assignments first thing in the morning.
First, write down every single task you need to accomplish. Then go through and mark each task with a letter ranging from A to E.
Time commitment to get started: Medium
Perfect for people who: Need to turn creative brainstorming into an actionable to-do list.
What it does: Tidies up the messier aspects of creative work.
It involves breaking down ideas into three key categories: Action Items, Backburner Items, and Reference Items.
Action Items are the steps you take to get the project done.
Backburner Items are the interesting ideas that don’t directly fit into your plan for this project.
Reference Items are the resources and information you’ll need to complete the project.