5 Rules For Prioritizing That I Live By
Now I have to turn out more work in a week than I probably did in a whole year then. And I quickly realized that my ‘perfectionist' habits would hold me back if I didn't learn to use them to my advantage. Also, I'd much rather write a blog post than research that new product we're developing: and if I didn't hang the latter one higher in the list and put an asterisk next to it, it would never get done.
I was a little surprised when my boss told me I'm good at judging priorities on my long list of tasks and doing just the few that will get us through that week (I'm also very good at procrastinating: watch out for that blog post.)
So, from a late-learner, here are some tips on prioritizing right (because you know as well as I do, you're not getting everything on your plan done in time.)
1. Ask your boss (or client).
This has to be the most obvious tip in the book, and I'm always surprised at the number of people who manage to not follow it. Of course, I was one of them. Now each day, and sometimes toward the end of the day when I know that I only have time to get one more thing done, I'll ask my boss what she thinks is most urgent. This way, she doesn't have to email me asking why I haven't sent her that report yet: either she's already got it or she knows I'll get to it after I complete the blog post. I don't waste time working on something today that could go out next week and then scramble to complete the newsletter that needs to go out tomorrow.