How To Decide What To Do Today

Hello Everyone

Often people ask me,” How do you go about setting priorities each day when you have so many things to accomplish?”

Here is a list of questions that you should ask yourself as you sit and look at the list of things that you have to get done today.

First sit in a quiet place and make a list of all of the things that you can think of that you need to get done in your life.  Then look at them and ask yourself these questions:

  1. Which of these items are urgent?
  2. Which of my long-range and intermediate, vital goals should I work on today?
  3. Which of all priorities will give me the highest payoff?
  4. Which of the projects does my leader or family consider most vital?
  5. What will happen if I don’t do the above projects today?  Who will find out?  Who will suffer?
  6. Which items that I did not get done yesterday should I work on today?
  7. Of all tasks to be done today, which will make me feel better to get off my “plate”?
  8. What does Company policy suggest?  What do my personal values suggest?

Think about this list every day, and I think that you will find that it makes it a little easier to figure out what to attack first! Have a good weekend and good luck. . . . Lee

On another note I am looking for a VP of Sales and Marketing for a very good hotel management company. If you know anyon,e have them send me their resume: Lee@LeeCockerell.com

2 Comments
  1. Lee,

    Very good info. Many people are not task or goal oriented and need more direction than others.

    A small town about 30 miles from me was in the news today. The city councilors are thinking of not renewing their city manager’s contract. The reason was very vague but had to do with the city manager’s performance. However, the city manager has had very little guidance from the city council (his “boss”) so he did his best at what he thought the tasks that needed to be addressed.

    My point here is that when you are trying to determine what to do next, make sure you get clear and concise input from your leader. Without such information, it is difficult to determine what to do next, or at least what others think you should do next.

    Armand Girard

  2. Clarity around your priorities are critical. If this is in regards to a work situations and you don’t have a solid leader who helps create a sense of direction, it’s difficult to set the right priorities. But don’t let that stop you from going after your priorities.

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