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PRIORITISE AND SET DEADLINES Write your goals on a list you can keep close at hand during the day, at least until you grow accustomed toyour new system. Assign incoming tasks according to a priority system: 1, 2, 3 or A, B, C, or even a colour system.Use whichever you prefer, and add as many levels of importance as you think you need, without overcomplicatingthe system. Unnecessary complication can add to stress. When preparing your weekly schedule, make sure the tasks you work on during the day are the ones with thehighest priority. Fill in time blocks to complete these tasks first, then move to your second priority. If you stillhave time (keeping in mind to leave contingency space for the unexpected), then move on to your third category.If not, see if you can delegate the task to someone else. If not, avoid committing to the task. Remember: each time you are given a new assignment, analyse it for importance and prioritize it accordingly. If you have an existing task or to do list for this week, prioritize it now.
SET DEADLINES Now that you’ve got your goals, priorities, and schedule clear, reviewyour deadlines. Chances are, you’ve already been given deadlines for mostof your tasks. If not, make your own, taking into consideration yourpriority criteria. If you let tasks float around without being formally addedto your schedule, odds are you’ll procrastinate on them and they won’t getdone until you’re asked about them…and by that time, you’ll most likelybe expected to deliver ASAP, causing unnecessary stress.