How to Prioritize Your Tasks and Activities – Part 4

The influx of tasks and activities that come your way won’t stop. You will continue to have more tasks than time. In the end, you must decide which tasks (and activities) will get your attention. As we’ve been examining in this series of post, there are many ways to establish which tasks are most worthy of your time and energy.

Ultimately, life is a prioritization exercise. You must decide what to focus on. So far, we’ve seen that you can prioritize your tasks and activities using one of the following strategies:

In the posts dedicated to each of these strategies, I’ve given ideas on when you might use each one.

Every day, you have to tackle various tasks and engage in multiple activities. Some of these are as simple as taking the garbage out, while others are as complex as working on the annual report for your department. In light of this, you can use “level of complexity” (or “level of intensity”) as you prioritization criteria.

Each item on your to-do list will put a demand on you, which depends on its level of complexity (or intensity). The more complex a task, the more demanding it is. Prioritizing your tasks and activities by their level of complexity means that you handle the items off your to-do list in order of complexity. You may decide to go from the least complex to the most complex, or vice versa.

Starting with the least complex task and moving your way up to the more complex one allows you to get a few wins under your belt. This helps you build confidence as you increase the level of complexity each time you complete a task. As with prioritization by length, this strategy is particularly useful when you find it hard to set yourself in motion. Starting with a simple task breaks inertia and sets you in motion.

On the flip side, you can decide to go from most complex to least complex. By doing so, you progressively decrease the level of difficulty each time you finish a task or activity. The rationale is that, at the start of your workday, when you’re freshest, you tackle the more demanding tasks and activities. And as your day progressed and your energy wanes down, you tackle easier and easier tasks, which presumably require less concentration and energy.

Prioritizing your tasks by their level of complexity is another strategy you can add to your arsenal.

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Vladimir Elie

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