As an intro to effective prioritizing, let’s try this. When you try to play your cards and play them right, there’s a looming uncertainty that almost always follows. Will this work? Will I be able to follow through with what I’ve started.
When it comes to time management, this is the case. Starting to break our habits of procrastinating can sometimes make us doubt our decision to do the opposite. There’s a word that’s out there and it’s about time it takes first place in our daily dictionaries of to-dos.
Effective Prioritizing: What Is Prioritizing?
You and I should get to the basics. That’s always the rule. If you’re trying to understand something, anything at all, it’s best to head on to the starting line and find out what its foundations are. Returning to the point, the basics of prioritizing. Based on its simple dictionary definition, the root word “priority” means treating a fact as one of the highest and most significantly important above the rest.
You know what it is. You often practice it without even realizing it. When you wake up in the morning and do the very first thing you usually do. Whether it’s checking your phone, making breakfast, going out for quick run… Anything you don’t start your day without, that’s an example of a priority you’re unaware of.
You also practice prioritizing at work. You don’t walk in blindly and wait for fireworks to signal you “hey, this is what you need to do today.” Even before you turn on your computer (for those of you who need access to it for work), you already know what’s on your task list. In summary, you already have a general view of which ones need to be done asap and which ones aren’t as important.
You might be asking, “so I already practice setting priorities without being a hundred percent conscious of it. Why do I need to pour attention to it?” If you want to be proactive in being excellent at time management, then there needs to be a re-organizing and re-shuffling and re-organizing of the way you prioritize tasks and the way you follow up on them.
The “How” Of Effective Prioritizing
Yup, there’s a difference. A difference? Between prioritizing and effective prioritizing. For the first, go back to the examples mentioned earlier. Activities that “naturally” take the pedestal of your day to day schedule. On the other hand, effective prioritizing is about managing tasks and time in a very conscious and smart way.
What’s meant by “smart” in this context is one that opens up more room for productivity from your end. I know, right now, it all sounds too good to be true. It sounds like a lot of positivism to create a fake sense of “believe in yourself” perspective. This is not like. Not at all. The practice of prioritizing is definitely one that’s practical with practical results, as well.
Categorization And Division
Furthermore, by dividing your tasks and identifying which ones are important and which ones are not so, you’re training yourself to easily associate your to-dos with your personal self-drive.
Okay, don’t leave just yet. This simply means that the longer and more consistently you practice prioritizing, the more you’ll be able to get into the habit of doing so without having to drag your feet every single time.
What’s more, once you’ve gotten your system into that practice (almost like the idea of muscle memory with regular exercise), you’ll find an abundance of time left in your hands. That’s productivity at its core. Accomplishing tasks within (and much earlier, to add) than record time without burning you out.
Try it. Be more aware of your style of prioritizing the day’s activities and check which ones need to be adjusted on your priority list, whether that list be invisible or not.