When you’ve got a million and one things to do, it can be hard to prioritise effectively. We tend to put off big tasks because they are so overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a plan of attack. So, we work on the smaller, more manageable goals but still have that big project looming over us.
When you don’t have a clear plan set out, it’s easy to procrastinate and put off the important things. Letting yourself become overwhelmed with everything you have to do can lead to stress and unproductive working practices. Getting yourself organised and prioritising your to-do list can help with this.
The table below always helps me when I’m trying to become more productive in my own life. It prompts you to identify what activities you should start or stop doing, ones you’re already doing that you should stick with, and any that you should do more or less of.
Completing this table will help you to realise which activities should be your main priorities and which you’re spending too much time on. This can help you work towards your goals more effectively and use your time wisely, which could even give you more spare time outside of work.
Have a go at filling in this table either by yourself or with your team. Completing this worksheet as a team allows you to discuss each other’s thoughts and opinions to come to a collective decision about where your priorities should lie.
|Start||Stop||Keep Doing||Do More||Do Less|
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