Managing your priorities at work

Managing your priorities at work

We have all had those days, where nothing you touch goes how you expected.  You might have projects that you can’t clear down because you are waiting on others and the end of the day is quickly closing in.

You don’t need to be a seasoned Project Manager to get a better grasp on when to complete things in addition to what to complete.  Take a look at our guide below and consider how you could get things done in a timely and efficient manner.

Create a list of tasks

You probably think you know this and it is basic advice.  You probably do have a ‘to-do’ list but it is as long as your arm.  But write it all down anyway, it releases the task from your brain until you are reading to work on it.

Assign a priority to teach task

Think in a 1 to 5 why, with 1 before the most important.  This should be the tasks you need to complete immediately.  Everybody is different, you may want to colour code your tasks or use a project management software package.  The important thing is to be consistent and assign realistic time-frames.

Consider the value

You may have a heap of work to do for internal project but also client lead projects.  Consider the value of the client lead projects, keeping your clients happy has to be paramount in your mind.  You don’t want to damage your relationships with your client.

Delegate

Delegate tasks to your team.  Think about your team’s strengths, who could take some of these projects and fulfill them to your satisfaction?  Remember a team is there to support you!

To finish, remember there is only 24 hours in a day!  You simply cannot fit more than a day’s work into this time-frame.  Trying to do more hours will only stress you out.  You must stay focused on the task in hand, but be flexible with yourself.  You need to be prepared to adapt the plan you started with at the start of the day and be realistic as to what can be achieved.

“The shorter way to do many things is to only do one thing at a time.” – Mozart

Managing your priorities at work