Two Key Priority Questions
One of the first things to do to trust your priority decisions is to make sure you've got a current inventory of everything you’ve said “yes” to. Turn over every rock. Look everywhere you've allowed input in—especially your head—and make decisions about what each one of those things means and what you want to do about it. If you’re like most people, that will leave you with a pretty healthy (and long) list of things to do. When it comes time to choose what to do, you will first be limited by your context, time available, and current resources. Good chance though, that will still leave you wondering, “Which one should I choose?” This is where priority comes in.
There are two key questions I have found to be enormously helpful with priorities. Ask yourself:
What’s the value in getting this done?
What’s the risk if I don’t?
Try asking yourself those questions next time you’re staring at your list and deciding how to best invest your time and attention.
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