How Do You Set your Highest Priority?

It’s very good to have priority, especially when the rest of the world needs to wait for you. Of course, this lasts until somebody decides to dodge you or runs you over on the cross-walk.

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Let’s say you are not a manager or entrepreneur (then it’s even harder to set the priorities straight), but merely an employee with at least one superior. Yes, it’s possible to have more superiors at the same time, it depends on the organization you work for or the projects you are involved in.

Manager: You said you are getting this done in 3 days!

Employee: Yes, but I never said it was going to be 3 consecutive days!

I have already written here about being busy and having a lot to do, but today I am providing the solution for not leaving any unfinished tasks at the end of the workday by setting priorities. Find below the ten steps to help you in prioritizing your life.

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I was only joking; you couldn’t possibly think there is such a thing in real life.

Please find below a few recommendations that might also work for you:

  • set just a few priorities, not a lot. A first step is to cut half of the current so-called priorities. You cannot have 25 priorities daily. I function very well with three (major) priorities daily, and these have to be finished by noon;
  • I said SET, not LET others establish priorities for you;
  • you don’t have to work non-stop because that cannot last on the long run;
  • don’t test yourself like the worm against a rock. Each time you say yes to someone, you say no to yourself;
  • use the “airplane mode” of your phone even when you are at work, but have something important to do. I am very efficient while “abroad”, because no one is bothering me. Create such moments… if your job allows it;
  • stop whining about how busy you are, no one cares. If you really want to brag about something and simply can’t wait for others to sing your praises – brag about things accomplished, not projects started;
  • don’t multitask, you’ll end up performing poorly;
  • do/take breaks. If you wish to be productive, you need a clear head;
  • if you wish to change something about you, change it. No one else can be affected by threats such as: ‘starting this Monday I will finish my reports in due time’;
  • make a difference between the important stuff and those that are urgent;
  • schedule your task and keep up with them. If you can’t achieve this by setting a task every 30 or 60 minutes, try the impossible. Set their due timer every ten minutes. The longer the duration, the more chances to spend that time no matter how;
  • take (so I won’t repeat make) some breaks from sitting at the office and work out. It may seem it has nothing to do with productivity, but it does;
  • make an assessment of your most productive hours, even if they are at 6 in the morning or 11 at night;
  • if possible, schedule the next day by the end of today and try doing this before going to bed;
  • don’t complain.

Productive means achieving some things you scheduled a while back and busy means doing a bunch of things, not necessarily what you were supposed to do. You can pedal all day long like a mad person, but realize in the end that the bike chain was broke.

Good luck getting things done!