Monday, January 11, 2016

Ask a Manager: Prioritizing Projects

Question: I have been tasked with several high-priority projects that I'm excited about working on. They are all great opportunities for me to develop different skills, but I'm struggling how to I prioritize when all of the projects are so important. My organization is short staffed, and I don't want to be seen as not pitching in. 

Answer 1: It's certainly hard to know where to start when everything is urgent and important, that doesn't allow for too much use of things like the Covey quadrant.  Here are a few techniques you've likely thought of or used already! 
  • Make a list of the projects and determine what is relatively easy/quick.  Those could be done first.  Or, take this same list and number it - 1 is your thing to tackle first, 2 is second, etc.  Ask questions to make sure you understand the project's scope!  Plan your work, work your plan.
  • Most often you need to make progress on several things at once.  It may be easiest to schedule the time on your calendar in work blocks.  For 90 minutes (or 120

Ringing in the New Year

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