Ways to tackle your most important tasks
Have you ever felt like you have too much to do and not enough time? Productivity is something we all worry about, sometimes to the extent that we prevent ourselves from tackling the most important tasks. Here are some tips for making sure you get everything done!
Lay out your priorities
It’s important to figure out what tasks are more important than others, in terms of significance and time sensitivity. Make a list, ranking the tasks you need to get done from most important to least important.
This will give you a great idea of what needs to be done immediately and what can be placed temporarily on the backburner. Immediately, you will feel like you have a clearer focus and direction.
You can find some useful tools for this sort of time management at Mind Tools.
Determine how long each task will take
Once you have segmented your list of tasks based on importance, look to sort it based on the time it will take to complete each task.
This doesn’t mean you should do the quickest tasks first, regardless of importance. Instead, this allows you to break down the important tasks to see which can be completed in time slots you have available.
Do the hardest tasks first
When we feel overwhelmed with our workload, we tend to push the harder stuff away for later. This actually isn’t a good idea, as you will be taking on the more difficult tasks when you’re tired and have less energy.
It’s also better use of your time if you complete the bigger tasks at the start of the day, as you can get them all done in one go. The smaller tasks are more easily broken up to fit whatever time you have left at the end of the day.
Many people are overconfident in their ability to multitask and end up trying to do too much. This usually results in them doing not much at all!
Multitasking is the best way to distract yourself and lower your overall productivity. You can also burn out more easily and start losing attention and motivation. Understand your limits and don’t overextend. Smart planning can help you ensure that you get everything you want to get done at a reasonable rate.
Tackling your important tasks is about identifying a clear focus, prioritising jobs and planning well so that you don’t overextend. By following these tips, you can get on top of everything you need to get done, without stressing out!
Alana is Content Manager at Learn to Trade during the week, but a massive chess fanatic on the weekends.