Category Archives: Task Management

Never Prioritize Your Tasks!

Sure, it's important -- because it's part of a goal.
Sure, it’s important — because it’s part of a goal.

Here’s a feature you might never use: the one on your task list that lets you mark a task as high, medium, or low priority.

The thing is, when you identify a task as being “high priority,” it usually means that it’s urgent and must be done today. Or soon. Low priority tends to mean “not now,” “not urgent.” Allowing your task list to control your choices is one of the things that prevents progress on your big, long-term goals.

Rather than rating your tasks, assign a priority to your goals. Is creating a new product or service one of your top goals? Then make working on it your first task. Is revising your website key for your business this year? Take the steps. Is reaching a new level of profitability your aim? Then execute every day on your marketing strategies.

Sure, you have to pay bills on time and perform all kinds of maintenance. But don’t let those urgent tasks shove aside your top-priority goals.

Write your goals. Then do the tasks that support those goals.



Play It Again – January Productivity Posts Worth Repeating

Hard to believe that this blog has been going for six years! In honor of my blog-iversary, I’m revisiting some posts from Januaries past that seem as fresh and useful now as they did when written. Whether you make resolutions or not, let your year (and every month in it!) begin by sharing an intention… Continue Reading

Power tips from the Financial Times for building your task list

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by Rhymer Rigby, a reporter working for  Financial Times, for an article he was working on about using to-do lists to get more done. Today the article appeared in the Management section! You can read the whole article here.  (The Financial Times requires you to register to… Continue Reading

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