After a 30-minute commute in bumper to bumper traffic due a five-minute delay in the car drop off line, the last thing on my mind is an organized method to identify the most valuable use of my time once I arrive at my desk. My mind wanders to the shade of lipstick I grabbed and how it really is too dark for this time of year. Of course, once I do arrive at my desk there are 4 voicemails, 10 Instant Messages, and 3 post it notes that duplicate the voicemails. There is no point to even open e-mail yet, right? Feeling overwhelmed?
This is a common story for individuals in all professions and seasons. The most carefully planned days and weeks can quickly become uprooted by last minute requests that are disguised as “urgent” or “critical”. Insert prioritization with a twist. We have heard from many members of our community in recent years talking about planning, strategy, change, and prioritization. So why push prioritization again?
Prioritization is a POWER SKILL and it is one that you can learn and APPLY, quickly! While there are many self-help books out there detailing a vetted process, ain’t nobody got time for that! It really comes down to a mini-planning session.
It sounds almost silly in its simplicity, at least it did to me when my husband (a combat veteran) presented me with this plan. I had been overwhelmed for weeks at work and it was beginning to take a toll on me. Hilarious as it was, watching him write out these steps in hot pink dry erase marker on our glass sliding door next to the kitchen, I paid attention. The next day, I began applying these simple prioritization steps to my daily routine. All of the sudden, at the end of the week I felt accomplished and ready for the week ahead.
Thanks for taking the time to read. Now, go fill that water bottle back up!