Written By: Sabine Dunac
One of the greatest skills to learn in life is to be able to prioritize. Whether it comes to work, school or even personal matters prioritization gives you the ability to make better decisions, get things done faster and get things done that matter to you the most.
To become good at prioritizing you must know how to choose the tasks that are high valued, time-sensitive and ones that will give you the biggest pay off. Everything else will be secondary tasks.
So first let’s start off that you should always have a to-do list and it should list all your tasks that need to be done. Don’t sweat it if it seems like your list is never ending. This just means you are going to be getting a lot of shit done over a period of time :p How much you get done will depend on how large the tasks are and your motivation level to get them done. Plus, if you complete some tasks faster than you thought you would you’ll already have a list of things to do to keep you busy.
The most important thing that I have learnt when crossing off stuff my to-do list is to learn to relax and not get stressed out. If all your stuff on your to-do list is not done in one day it isn’t the end of the world. Just like it didn’t take one day to build Rome it’s the same with completing your tasks. You want them to be done properly right? Then slow down! Do your best every day and after awhile you’ll start to see how much momentum you have built. Besides, even when you die you will have a to-do list so don’t take it so seriously. Being productive always feels great but taking a break to enjoy life gives you balance and the opportunity to re-energize yourself so when your back you’re able to go beast-mode.
If you are able to put all your energy into one of your high value goals and only focus on it until you are able to complete it – think about it will change your life. No, seriously take a moment and think about it… Now think about it if you were to accomplish 3 of them? Your current outlook on the future has got you feeling pretty good when you think about it now, uh? Good! That’s how I want you to feel because you’re going to need that enthusiasm when attacking tasks.
Now, if you haven’t written out your list of tasks and goals yet, do it! What are you waiting for? When you’re all done beside those tasks and goals write what kind of pay off you would get and the estimated length to complete it- whether it is monetary, exposure or a gained skill. If you’re going to work your ass off you need to know what you’ll be getting out of it.
In addition, naturally we want to attack those tasks and goals that take the least time to complete. There is nothing wrong with that but we need to keep in mind that some of your goals may take a while to complete and they may be more worth completing then others. So, in other words, be ready to practice delayed gratification. Don’t just think ‘What do I want to complete six months from now?’ Think, ‘What will benefit me one to five years from now?’ The ones who are able to look at the bigger picture are usually the ones that go far in life.
Comment below and tells us how you prioritize when getting shit done : )