How to Prioritize Your Tasks and Activities – Part 5

Some of your tasks and activities are interesting while others are a little boring. You don’t only get to do things that you enjoy. If you insist on only performing tasks you enjoy, you won’t get much done.

Most endeavors come with their share of unpleasant tasks and activities. There will always be tasks and activities you enjoy more than others. Thus, your to-do list is a mix of interesting and not-so-interesting tasks and activities, and you must tackle them all. But in which order?

In this series, we’ve been answering that question. And we’ve seen that there are many ways to prioritize the items on your to-do list. More specifically, we’ve seen that you can prioritize your tasks and activities by their level of importance, their level of urgency, their length, and their level of complexity.

I want to add another prioritization strategy to your toolbox. As mentioned above, all tasks and activities aren’t “created” equal: some are more interesting than others. You can rank your tasks and activities from the most interesting to the least interesting (or vice versa) and perform them in that order.

For instance, if you can decide to tackle your least interesting task or activity first and progressively work yourself to your most interesting one, your most interesting task or activity can serve as a “carrot” that motivates you to move forward and complete your least interesting tasks and activities. In fact, with this strategy, your most interesting task or activity becomes an incentive that pushes you to perform your other tasks and activities. It can be seen as a recompense for doing the “dirty” work.

For example, let’s say you’re passionate about playing the guitar and thus practicing that instrument is a fun activity. Your desire to spent time practicing can drive you to complete the draft of your report (a task on your to-list) if you prioritize the report over practicing. Practice time becomes an incentive to work on the draft of your report.

From my experience, starting with your most interesting task and ending with your least interesting one, is rarely a good option. Usually, when you start with your most interesting task or activity, the less interesting ones seem insurmountable; you want to continue the delightful activity and don’t want to engage

That said, this strategy might be a good option for you. Your most interesting tasks may energize you so much that you muster up the energy to tackle the other less interesting ones.

The essential thing to remember is that you can prioritize your tasks and activities by their level of interest.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.