What should I do first?

You have your to-do list. That’s a good start, but what should you do first?

Some people say ‘eat the frog first’ which means do the least pleasant task first and get it out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of the day.

Another approach is to do the task first that has the most uncertainty for how long it will take. While that task is on your list, your whole to do list is uncertain. You might get lucky and finish the task quickly, or you might not. But either way, you need to know.

And of course, some tasks might be dependent on getting others done first.

Here are some other simple tips on how to prioritise your workload.

About the author – Paul Matthews

Paul founded People Alchemy Ltd in 1999 after a distinguished career in industries as diverse as travel and engineering, during which time he held many positions, including senior posts in sales, customer service and operations, finishing at director level in a multinational IT company.

Since founding the company, Paul and several associates have provided consultancy, coaching and development for individuals and teams to many prestigious clients, including Barclay’s Bank Plc, Credit Suisse First Boston bank, Philips Semiconductors, General Motors, Roche, Deutsche Bank, Zurich Insurance, Ricoh, West Midlands Police and The Open University.

Paul was clearly ahead of the times with his work on informal and self-directed learning, and is now sought after for interviews and as a speaker on these topics, as well as general management.

Specialties: Informal Learning, Social Learning, Management Support, Knowledge Management, Team Building, Coaching, Management, Leadership, Organisational Change, Personal Change, Sales, Marketing.

Connect with Paul on twitter – @PeopleAlchemy

First and originally published on Paul’s blog http://www.peoplealchemy.co.uk/getting-really-want/

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