In my last article, I talked about the art of prioritization. I think those are good first steps to take when prioritizing your list, but it can be helpful to bring some objectivity to your prioritization as well. In this article, I’m going to share a couple of the calculations that we use to prioritize tasks mathematically.
Unless you are dealing with a pretty big job, taking these steps probably isn’t necessary. But if you are struggling to figure out which task to do first, using these methods can help.
Prioritizing work will help you get more done, faster, but this is one of those tasks that is both art and science. In this article, I’ll share some of the art of prioritization.
The first thing to do is to make a list of all of the things you need to get done. I typically start with a checklist, making note (in no particular order) of everything I need to accomplish. Once I have a list of tasks, I can start prioritizing, and then add in additional tasks as I think of them. Invariably, while I’m reflecting on what I need to do and when I need to do it, I always think of additional things that need done. This could quickly get overwhelming, but by keeping my list organized and thinking through the best approach for getting things done, I can manage my tasks.