Setting Priorities 101: Master the Art of Goal Setting - Toggl Blog
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Properly setting priorities is an essential skill for business success.
Take a long-term view when setting priorities and you’ll have a much greater chance of achieving your objectives.
Start planning daily tasks.
These tasks can then be organized on your to-do list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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