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Task Priority Management

So much to do, with so little time! How do you maintain control over your priorities, before they overwhelm and take control of you?

A master juggler can only juggle for so long before fatigue sets in. Keeping those clubs in the air for a sustained period of time requires focus, coordination, and multitasking. Practice and patience are what the juggler employs to maintain the act of juggling. Either they stop juggling because distraction and pressure disrupt the process, and the clubs fall down, or they maintain appropriate pacing to come to a smooth and intentional halt when ready to stop. In effect, the juggler aims to be in control over the task at hand, and puts in the time, effort, and patience necessary to create an effective system. In a fast-paced, hectic city such as ours, many of us find ourselves running around from place to place, meeting to meeting (business, personal, and otherwise), often overwhelmed by the tasks we find ourselves juggling from day-to-day, but knowing we need to accomplish them. How do we get it all done with ease and control, before stress kicks in and causes us to throw our hands up in the air, completely giving up so that nothing gets done?

Task priority management exercises can help you regain control over your sense of being overwhelmed, and are surefire ways to avoid physical, emotional, and mental burnout. We all know that prolonged stress is unhealthy, and nipping it in the bud early is a key preventive measure.

Creating a map of your “life areas” (i.e. career, romance, family, friendship, hobbies, etc.) is an excellent starting point for identifying the themes in your life. Noting your strengths and weaknesses in each category can help empower you to begin using internal tools that you already possess, to help you prioritize the tasks that are before you. Be aware that your strengths and weaknesses often overlap, and are interchangeable at different times, and in different types of situations. Using a ranking/scaling system can also help you identify the level of importance of each category, in order to better guide you in determining what is most important at that particular time.

Remember: foundation is key! Without setting the stage to build a stable system that works for you, the process won’t work effectively. Start small, and go from there. Set simple goals for yourself in an organized fashion. Biting off more than you can chew may only overwhelm you more.

 

Do you, or someone you know, find it difficult to prioritize? Contact me for assistance about task priority management. I’d be happy to help!

 

 

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