Practice Prioritizing Every Day for a Winning Plan
One of the biggest challenges for project managers and leaders is accurately prioritizing the work that matters on a daily basis. In your professional development path, consider how you master tasks each day and if you think what you are doing will get you promoted. You don’t want to fall into the cycle of deeming every other project, “top priority," do you?
"Look at your important work and identify what carries the highest value to your business and organization," Sussex says. "For example, focus on: client projects before internal work; setting up the new CEO’s computer before re-configuring the database; answering support tickets before writing training materials, and so on. Another way to assess value is to look at how many people are impacted by your work. In general, the more people involved or impacted, the higher the stakes."
Be flexible and adaptable.
"Uncertainty and change is a given. Know that your priorities will change, and often when you least expect them to. But — and here’s the trick — you also want to stay focused on the tasks you’re committed to completing."
It takes practice to prioritize. So keep doing it – every day. When you start prioritizing tasks, projects and deadlines for each day, it will become a habit that easily translates into long-term prioritization. You'll notice you're automatically doing it for the week, the month, the quarter, the year.