How to Prioritize Home, Work and School
Posted Friday, Dec 30, 2011 by
Taking online classes can be challenging. It’s even more challenging if you’re trying to juggle the demands of a job and a family. Clearly, the only way to succeed at any of these tasks is to prioritize. But how? At first glance, making sure your six-year-old gets to school on time can seem just as important as responding to your boss’ memo or completing your online college reading assignment.
To help you stay on track in all aspects of your busy life, here are six ways to prioritize your daily workload.
1. Write Down Your Tasks. Divide a piece of paper into three columns: home, work and school. Under each heading, write down the jobs you need to complete for each. Actually seeing these jobs in print will help you better wrap your brain around the tasks at hand.
2. Highlight the Tasks That You Need to Complete Today. Some tasks are going to be more time-sensitive than others. And this time sensitivity is going to change every day as deadlines approach. Naturally, the jobs that are most time-sensitive are going to demand your immediate attention. If you can, put other jobs off to a later time.
3. Highlight the Tasks That Will Affect Others. Now look at your tasks in terms of how other people will be affected. For example, you may have a work assignment other people are waiting for you to complete before they can do their jobs. Or you may need to pick one of your kids up from daycare at a set time. Jobs that impact other people have to take priority over those you do just for yourself.
4. Highlight the Tasks That Can Be Done by Others. No one person can have it all or do it all. Sometimes you just have to delegate. This is particularly true of jobs involving home and family. If you can get other family members to take over jobs you usually do yourself, this will free you up to handle those tasks that demand your personal involvement.
5. Consider the Negative Impacts of Failure. How badly will you or others suffer if you don’t complete a job, or complete it at some later date? For example, failing to buy a relative a birthday card may be temporarily embarrassing, but the impact will probably not be as devastating as failing to study for an important college exam. Eliminate or delay tasks where failure has only minor negative consequences.
6. Consider the Rewards of Success. How much are you likely to benefit if you complete an assignment on time? For example, helping your company win an important contract is likely to benefit you more than getting dinner on the table at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Focus your attention on goals that will do you and others the most good.
Learning how to prioritize your daily activities can be challenging and even painful at times. But the effort will be worth it. You’ll get more done, reap greater rewards and enjoy the things that matter most.
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