The principal challenge for most professionals and perhaps even more for those in leadership positions is how to prioritize from among the several tasks on the ‘To do’ list. Adding to the complexity are some tasks that may not be manifestly of great value but that have tight deadlines and others that demand attention, simply because of their potential impact. This article contributed by our CEO, Shirish Deodhar, to the career advice section of India’s leading job-search publication, should help those with such dilemmas. For starters, he has defined the kind of tasks that would fall into the following two categories:
He has then introduced an organized approach to addressing these tasks based on a matrix created by former US President and war hero, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and further developed by Management Guru Stephen Covey. This should allow a more objective assessment of what has to be done and when.
Clearly what remains is not simple though – in the article Shirish goes on to reveal just how our brains are wired to pick up the urgent tasks first even though they may not be the most important. The article then suggests the need for and a possible approach to prioritize among the several tasks on the list. The approach is a very practical way to look at the list and organize it to maximize the effectiveness. Go ahead – read the article for some very useful insights. Our suggestion is to put this in the “Urgent and Important” pile – but that’s your call!