Life is busy! And somehow, it seems to get busier and more demanding. Whether you’re a new hire at a company, parent of three, or a high-level executive, trying to do it all can be challenging. You are only one person. You have a finite amount of time and can only do so many things in a day or workweek. That’s why it’s so important to prioritize. Prioritizing allows you to accomplish what you need to do, recognize what is important, and stay sane along the way.
Take some time each week to step back and analyze. Think about what is going on, what are your deadlines, and what is the big picture. After that, think about what is important to you in life and your values. Write everything down and assign them a category.
- Priority #1: These are your most important tasks—things that must be done this week.
- Priority #2: These are tasks that need to get done at some point this month.
- Priority #3: These tasks are low priority but shouldn’t fall off the radar.
Once you have your tasks categorized by priority level, write them down in a place where you’ll remember them (and actually take action on them). I use my Google calendar to prioritize my days. It’s a great visual for me and I see it every single day. Find something that works for you!
Remember to take deep breaths, prioritize effectively, and record your tasks in a way that you’ll remember them. Communicate your priorities to others when you need to and recognize that you are doing your best!
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee