Join LinkedIn Learning Staff Instructor for an in-depth discussion in this video Prioritizing work, part of Job Skills: Learning the Basics.
- [Narrator] Like most of us, you have a lot of things to do at work. So, how do you figure out where to start? First, understand why you were hired. Yeah, you heard me right. Why were you hired in the first place? What is it that you do in your role that others don't? Focus in on the key tasks or responsibilities you need to do day in and day out and don't get distracted by adding things unless they help you do your core job. Second, follow a model that a famous time management author Stephen Covey pioneered a while back. Once you know what you were hired for, identify what is urgent and important.
Do that first. Identify what is important, but not urgent. Do that next. Figure out what is urgent, but not important. Take care of that. And if something is neither urgent nor important, see if you can get away with ignoring it all together or do it dead last. Additionally, do the hardest, urgent, and important thing first if at all possible. You know when you're moving, you want to move the couch first. You don't want to wait until you're dead tired. Same thing goes with your brain.
Finally, break out your calendar and assign blocks of time to each of your urgent, important tasks for the day and the week. Start knocking them out one by one. Most likely, you will not complete your list in one day and that should be fine as long as you've prioritized what needs to be done today.
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