Do you want to get the highest return on your efforts? Do you want to feel like you are getting somewhere and getting things done? It’s all in the priorities. – If you prioritize and how you prioritize.

Here is a little something about prioritizing:

The Pareto principle, named after the Italian economist; Vilfredo Pareto, specifies an unequal relationship between inputs and outputs. It states that for many phenomena, 20% of invested input is responsible for 80% of the results obtained. – So, by focusing your attention on the top 20% of your priorities, you will get an 80% return.

Prioritize your work and give focus and energy to the things that give the highest return.

Your greatest possession is the 24 hours you have directly in front of you. How will you spend it? Will you give in to pressure or focus and prioritize? Will you allow pointless emails, unimportant tasks, telemarketers, interruptions and other distractions to consume your day, or will you take complete responsibility for how you spend your time, take control of the things you can and make today yours. If you don’t decide how your day will be spent, someone else will.

To be able to prioritize in your work, here are 3 questions you could ask yourself:

  1. What is required of me? (You should always start with this question, to give you some perspective)
  2. What gives me the greatest return? (As you progress in your career, you begin to discover that some activities yield a much better return than others do)
  3. What gives me the greatest reward? (You have to not forget that you should be content too, in order to be motivated and effective)

According to a survey taken by Daytimers Incorporated, only 1/3 of american workers plan their daily schedules and only 9% follow through and complete what they planned. If you want to be effective you have to be able to prioritize, plan and follow through.

According to time management expert; Alec Mackenzie, surveys show that most executives don’t get to their most important tasks until mid afternoon. Why? Most finished off low priority tasks so that they could feel a sense of accomplishment. If you prioritize your work and plan your day but don’t follow through, your results will be the same as those of someone who didn’t prioritize at all.

Start prioritizing today, and follow through on your plan. Remember also; to steer for progress, not perfection.

 

Inspiration and text from John C. Maxwell’s book: Make today count.