Prioritize and strategize

Feeling like you’re working hard and not getting anywhere is a common problem. Often, people work just a little bit on a lot of different tasks. Then at the end of the day it feels like you worked so hard but didn’t get anything done. Fortunately there are strategies you can employ to stop that from happening.

In Stephen Covey’s book, First Things First, he discusses a method to organize and prioritize your tasks. Take a sheet of paper and keep your to-achieve list handy. Fold your new piece of paper into four.

Label the top left quadrant “urgent and important,” top right is “non-urgent and important,” bottom left is “urgent and non-important,” and bottom right is “non-urgent and non-important.” Now, go through your to-achieve list and put each item in the appropriate quadrant of the paper.

With your new, organized to-achieve list, you work through each quadrant at a time and deal with the most urgent, the most important first. A list completed in this way will keep you focused on your current goals and will help you achieve your long-term goals like your quarterly and twelve month goals.

Now consider why you have any, or so many, items in your top left “urgent and important” quadrant!  At one time these items were probably in one of the other three quadrants!  What can you learn from this?

To your success!

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog give me a call at 305-899-9963 or email me at [email protected] and we’ll make it happen.

Coach John
“Living beyond the ordinary”

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