How to Prioritize At Home and At Work So Your To-Do List Gets Done
So much to do. Many days it feels like so many things and so little time! There are priorities that have to get done at home, work and with our wedding business, and I know there are days when it feels like they are all a priority. Let me help you take a step back, breathe, and help get some order out of your to-do list.
Split Your List Into 4 Categories
Important - Time Sensitive
Important - Not Time Sensitive
Not Important - Time Sensitive
Not Important - Not Time Sensitive
Let’s see this in Action
Many of your tasks at your 9-5 will be important, time sensitive. Let’s be honest. If you don’t get those tasks done, that could impact your good standing with the company, your job position and your paycheck. We don’t want any of that coming into question - so more than likely these will be high priority items.
Household activities tend to be important but not time sensitive. For example, It doesn’t really matter if you do your laundry or grocery shopping done on Saturday morning or Monday night, but we know it is important that these tasks get done regularly.
Interacting with clients, such as responding to emails or returning calls are not important but time sensitive. You probably have have a policy (respond in 24-48 hours) but not important because it does not matter if you do it in the morning/afternoon, immediately or after a day.
Brainstorming ways to grow your business, or planning new packages for the upcoming season are in the not important not time sensitive category. Tasks from your idea dump or new things you would like to try at home or work would also be in this section.
Write a priority list, with no more than 3 items on it for the day. That will help you focus on the most important things and will keep you from feeling overwhelmed and temped to multi-task.