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Practical Methods To Prioritize Work

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  1. Beware the seduction of task-based lists: the process can create a sense a false sense of satisfaction once you cross intems off the list.
  2. Focus solely on themes that will drive growth: You have to understand the key drivers of your business and anything that doesn’t move those drivers isn’t a high priority.
  3. Forget perfectionism: You have to be willing to do things half way just to get more done with the higher chances to yield strong results.
  4. Do the hardest thing first: It eliminates the nagging dread that will sap energy away from other tasks as you postpone the inevitable. 
  5. Don’t plug leaky boat holes -- switch boats. Time spent bailing is time taken away from adding more profitable vessels to your fleet.

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The process of finding what is important to work on could be translated into this series of simple questions:

  • Do I truly have to do this thing now?
  • If the answer is Yes, is this “The Most Important Thing?
  • If not, where does it fit in relation to the other tasks?
  • Is someone waiting on me for this?
  • If so, when do they need it?
  • Does working/not working on this now have long-term consequences that I am not aware of?

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 Analyze Your Task List

Go through your list, review each task, and decide what you want to do with it. You have 4 options:

  • Do: complete the task now
  • Defer: complete it later
  • Delegate: assign it to someone else
  • Delete: remove it from your list

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