Working efficiently is important for any business. However, when several things are going on at once it can be easy for even the most experienced member of staff to become overwhelmed. As we all know, a well-structured workload is key to good time management and will increase your productivity, so in today’s post we have shared our top tips on prioritising.
Make a list
When prioritising, the first step we recommend is to make a list of everything you need to complete in a day, as soon as you arrive at your desk. This gives a clear overview of the work to be undertaken and ensures that no task is forgotten about as the day progresses.
Urgency vs. importance
Once you’ve completed a list of tasks that need to be carried out, it’s important to figure out if any of these tasks are urgent. By urgent, we mean tasks that will have negative repercussions if not completed by the end of the day or in the next several hours. If you identify that you have urgent tasks on your list, they should be made top priority.
Some tasks on your list will be considered important rather than urgent. When it comes to these tasks, consider the benefits involved in completing each one, as some will be more useful than others. Weigh up these benefits in order to decide which items on your list should be tackled first.
When creating your list of priorities, be realistic about the time-frame it will take to complete each task. Setting unattainable goals will only cause disappointment for yourself, your co-workers and sometimes even customers.
To prioritise effectively, it is important that you are able to deal with changing priorities. Take these changes as they come and evaluate your current list making any changes that are necessary.
So there you have it, some simple and easy tips that can help you prioritise and make your working day a lot easier.
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