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The antidote to chronic overwhelm is accepting that you cannot do it all.
Prioritizing means embracing the limits of your time and your energy, and taking back control of your to-do list. Embrace tactical strategies to ensure your priorities rise to the top amid the busyness of life.
There are some general areas that all of us should prioritize in order to function well and generally make life worthwhile. These areas are:
Intentionally take your focus away from distracting areas in your life.
The Eisenhower Matrix system forces us to prioritize important tasks over urgent tasks.
Put your tasks in one of four separate categories:
Instead of watching the clock, energy management can be used instead of time management. Our positive mood is high in the morning, dips in the afternoon, and rises again in the evening. We can use this information to our advantage and plan for our high-priority work when our mood is high and do low-priority work during our low mood hours.
Not everyone is the same, so it's worth figuring out when you're most productive and schedule your tasks accordingly.
The Commitment Inventory productivity method makes us take stock of all our commitments and forces us to take a look at them.
Ensure your priorities are reflected in your categories.
This productivity system is known as Eat the Frog. Using this method will enable you to prioritize the important every day and build momentum for the hours ahead.
The Time Blocking productivity method compels you to plan your day hour by hour, and prevent multitasking by batching similar tasks together.
Ensure that at least one of your blocks of time is related to your most important tasks/projects.
Warren Buffett's "2 List" Strategy focuses on getting rid of the tasks holding you back from your real priorities.
...means getting more out of the limited time you have each day. It’s one of the cornerstones of productivity and once you know how to properly prioritize, it can help with everything from your time management to work life balance.
To-do lists can help perfectionists move past our paralysis. They may find making a list to be a reassuring guide to their day.
But there's also a risk: to-do lists can backfire if they become yet another report card we perfectionists use to evaluate ourselves too harshly.