17 Aug Prioritize Your Daily Tasks
I learned something about myself. When I’m into something, I’m reaaallllyyyyy into it.
I’ve had tunnel vision when it comes to my blog. I’m so proud of myself for the look I’ve created and the work I’ve put into it. With that said, everything else kind of went out the window haha.
Little TMI but I’ve looked like a hobo all week, my room is a mess, and I haven’t been sleeping much. It’s literally been work, gym, blog, eat, repeat.
I’m happy to have found something I’m passionate about, but it’s time to get a grasp on everything else before it gets out of hand.
It’s important to get the not-so-fun things done as well. Here are some prioritization tips I’ll be following daily that I want to share with you.
1) Put a list together of all your daily tasks.
What do you want to get done today and what can you really do? Be realistic otherwise you’re setting yourself up for failure.
2) Identify urgent vs. important.
Urgent tasks put us in a reactive and defensive mode. Get these tasks out of the way first so they’re not looming in the back of your mind. These typically effect us negatively until they’re out of the way.
Examples are things with deadlines, a crisis, a family emergency, and paying bills.
Now that the urgent tasks are out of the way, the important tasks come next. These are things that contribute to our long-term mission, values, and goals.
Don’t discredit cleaning as a task that is unimportant. A cluttered room has been proven to increase anxiety and makes it more difficult to fall asleep.
3) Asses the value of your tasks.
How much does it matter to you? I like to simplify this by rating the importance of tasks on a scale of 1 – 5.
4) Order tasks by estimated effort.
How hard do you think it is? I like to keep it easy and rate this on a scale of 1 – 5 as well.
5) Next I put either a 2 or a 1 next to a task.
2 means it has to be done today, 1 means it can probably wait until tomorrow.
Finally, we multiply the above altogether and make one final list. Here’s a simplified version of what that looks like.
Based on my list today I have to blog, study, clean, hit the gym, and meal prep – in that order. Meal prepping is the one that can wait until tomorrow.
Why do I think lists are so great?
Using a list to organize your tasks can make make the things you have to do seems much more manageable and keep you grounded.
Also, seeing a clear outline of your completed and uncompleted tasks will help you feel like you have it together and help you stay mentally focused.
If you have a planner, you can take it to the next step and split up your list by the time allocating and get at it!
Okay, time to take my own advice and go clean. *shudder*
If you have any methods you think are more effective or just worth sharing, please let me know!