Getting your priorities clear is essential to spending your time where it is most important and most valuable to you. Prioritising means that we pay attention to what is essential or important and put other things on hold. Understanding your priorities can be useful if you’ve been wondering where your time is going.

  • It can be useful to divide daily tasks and responsibilities into essential, important, and less important (or trivial). Setting your priorities like this might help if you’re preparing for an important presentation, preparing for an assignment, or trying to manage the demands of work and family.
  • Draw up a piece of paper into these three columns, and write everything down. Then start the day with tasks in the “essential” and “important” columns.
  • Only move on to the tasks in the “less important” category when you’re finished with all the tasks in the other two columns.
  • Or you can postpone the less important tasks in order to take a break to give yourself recovery time.
  • It can also be helpful to give a rough idea of time to each task – 5 minutes searching for the right image, 30 minutes for reading that article, 1 hour at your children’s football practice. Using this strategy, you can optimise your time. Only got 15 minutes before you have to head to an appointment? Which of your tasks are 15 minutes or less?
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