Getting Things Done – Part 4: Setting Priorities

by Michael on July 15, 2011 · 0 comments

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Planning is essential, but make sure it takes up less time than the actual task – in many cases it is sufficient to plan as you go along. However, if you would you rather lay out the whole process in advance, then you are wise to backward plan the necessary steps.

Once you have overcome the planning hurdle, you can then move on to actually finishing the project. Determine your project aim and consider what you must do first before you can move off from square one – make sure every step is realistic.

Dr. Zeitgeist's Tip!
Remember: successful goal setting is SMART - Specific, Measurable, Accepted, Relevant, and Time-bound

Priorities Are Important

So you have set your goals, the project-flow is in place and every task has been allocated a completion date. But one question remains – where should you begin? A good system for helping you prioritise is by using “Covey Quadrants“. Divide your to-dos into four categories:

  • Important and urgent
  • Unimportant, but urgent
  • Important, but not urgent
  • Unimportant and not urgent

This method will help you to easily decide which tasks you should begin first.

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