June 8, 2007

Productivity Tip for Setting Priorities

Well, it's my turn. I was tagged!

Jennifer Gniadecki tagged me to come up with a "the ultimate productivity tip". The original tag came from Ben Yoskovitz on the Instigator Blog.

I think I've found a good one about setting priorities, which is very important in any business. SCORE has quite a number of tips for small businesses. Here are their 5 tips to setting priorities:

  1. Use a paper-based, electronic or computerized list to keep track of your tasks, instead of relying on your memory. A list will give you a clear idea of what you need to accomplish.
  2. Which tasks could you handle another day? If you would face no consequences by moving a task forward, move it ahead another day or another week.
  3. Know the difference between important and urgent. Important means a task needs to be done while urgent means it must be done immediately. Knowing the difference between the two will make prioritizing easier.
  4. Realize that you can't do everything. This will help you to realistically prioritize your tasks.
  5. Determine if postponing the task would affect other projects you are working on. Tasks and projects can have a domino effect. If you do one task, yet fail to do another, you may have wasted effort on the first task.
So, now that that's all done...it's time for me to start some tagging. I am tagging Heather Jacobson and John Herman. I look forward to seeing your tips!

Here are the rules from the Instigator Blog:
  1. Write a post on your best productivity tips.
  2. Include links to other people that have written posts, or include their tips in your post with proper attribution.
  3. If you use Technorati Tags, then tag your post “ultimate guide to productivity.”
  4. Tag others in your post to spread the meme. Tag as many people as you like!
  5. If you link back to Instigator Blog and email Ben, he’ll be sure to include at least 2 links back to you.

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