how you can prioritize tasks

Prioritise tasks

Here's how you can prioritize tasks that contribute to your growth over meaningless ones:

  1. Identify your goals: First, take a step back and consider your long-term goals. What do you want to achieve personally and professionally? Having a clear vision will help you decide which tasks truly move you in that direction.
  2. Use a prioritization framework: Frameworks like the Eisenhower Matrix can be helpful. This method categorises task based on urgency and importance, Urgent and important tasks (like meeting a pressing deadline) are top priority. Important but not urgent tasks (like learning a new skill) come next. Urgent but unimportant tasks (like returning a non-urgent call) can be delegated if possible. Finally, unimportant and not urgent tasks (like mindless social media scrolling) can be eliminated altogether.
  3. Consider effort vs. impact: Analyse each task for the effort it requires and the impact it has on your goals. Tasks with high impact and low effort (like attending a relevant workshop) are ideal. High effort, high impact tasks (like writing a book) are important but require scheduling dedicated time. Low effort, low impact tasks (like organizing your sock drawer) can be done in small bursts to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  4. Batch similar tasks: Group similar meaningless tasks together. This reduces the mental context switching and makes them feel less tedious. For example, dedicate a specific time slot for answering emails or making phone calls.
  5. Schedule time for meaningful tasks: Block time in your calendar specifically for tasks that contribute to your growth. Treat this time with the same respect you would a client meeting. This ensures you make progress on your goals amidst the daily grind.
  6. Reward yourself: Completing a meaningful task is an achievement! Celebrate your progress to reinforce the positive behaviour and make it more likely you'll keep prioritizing these tasks.

Remember, prioritization is an ongoing process. Regularly review your tasks and goals to ensure they are still aligned. As your goals evolve, so should your priorities.

George Hancock

Life's complicated and im trying to simplify it for my self and then others,


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