TIPS ON HOW TO PRIORITISE YOUR WORK
Being organised at work is one of the most important steps to being successful. If you often find that you’re getting asked to do tasks and forgetting because of how busy you are; then our top tips below on how to prioritise your workload will definitely help:
1. MAKE A LIST
Write down a list of everything you need to do. It doesn’t matter if you write it in a book, your phone or on your computer, as long as you know where it is. List everything on there, no matter how big or small.
2. SET DEADLINES
Write next to each point on your list when they need to be completed by (if you are setting your own times, then be realistic! Don’t try to rush everything).
3. DECIDE WHAT IS URGENT
Go through the list and highlight any that you believe are more important than the others.
4. PUT IN ORDER
Look at the times you have written, and which you have marked most urgent, put them into an order, most urgent and earliest deadlines at the top.
5. KEEP IT FLEXIBLE
Remember that your list will keep changing, due to new tasks having to be added. Try to add new tasks as soon as you get them – so you don’t forget! You will have to prioritise new items with what’s already on your list.
6. REVIEW YOUR LIST DAILY
We find that checking your list at the start of every day helps you to keep on track. It’s very important that you mark off tasks so you know they have been completed; this will also keep your list up to date.
7. REMEMBER TO DELEGATE
If your list looks fairly large and unmanageable remember to delegate work where possible. You should delegate the less important tasks first.
If there are a lot of repetitive tasks on your list that you have to do quite often (daily or weekly) see if there is a way of doing these tasks quicker – for example see if you can create a template.
That there is only so much you can complete in a day, and things will always happen that will interrupt you and your to-do list, therefore it is always important to be realistic on completing your tasks.