The MoSCoW method

The MoSCoW method

Dai Clegg developed the MoSCoW model to create a strategic approach to prioritization.

  • Must. This category is non-negotiable for creating a viable product or essential to prepare before a client meeting.
  • Should. This includes important requirements that can potentially wait until another session.
  • Could. This is the "nice to have" which are desirable but can be ignored if it does not fit time and resources.
  • Won't. Anything in this category can be discarded. They are either inappropriate for this time or not aligned with your overall goals. 

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The MoSCoW method of prioritization

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  • Place items in one of the four categories. If you are unsure, always put it one category lower, for example, from must to should.
  • Block time in your calendar. Start with the must category, then add items in the should category. Do not fill your calendar. Stop before it is full to leave room for tasks that may take longer than anticipated.
  • Regularly review the four categories as priorities can change over time.

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Everyone should intentionally design a system based on their needs by using existing systems and adding personal touches.

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Personal Kanban

Time commitment to get started: Low

Type: Visual, Tactile

Perfect for people who: Have a tendency to start a lot of projects but finish very few of them.

What it does: Helps you visualize progress on all of your projects.

Using whatever medium you prefer (sticky notes or a whiteboard work well), split your projects into three categories: To Do, Doing, and Done. That’s it.

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The wall of fame for the best time management techniques  

The wall of fame for the best time management techniques




Based on our research, testing and opinions of productivity experts, here are the best time management techniques you need to know:

• SMART Goals

• The Eisenhower Matrix / The Eisenhower box

• Kanban Board

• Do Deep Work / Avoid Half-Work or Shallow Work

• The Pomodoro Technique

• 7 Minute Life

• ABCDE

• Do it now

• Pareto Analysis, 20/80

• Rapid planning method‍

Now let's dive deep into each one of them.




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