Prioritization of Task Made Simple

When you start your workday and look at your to-do list, what thoughts run through your mind? Is it close to something like, “How am I going to get ALL of this done?”

Productivity depends on effective task management. It lies in how you manage your time, energy, and focus. The first step in task management is planning and prioritizing your tasks. This is what’s usually lacking in people who do task management wrong.

When you don’t plan and prioritize your tasks properly, you’ll most likely feel any or a combination of the following:

  • You think that all your tasks are important and urgent
  • You wish there were more hours in a day
  • You have so much to do but don’t know where to start
  • Your to-do list just keeps on growing no matter how many tasks you tick off
  • You don’t know where your time went after a long day

The uncertainty of where you put your time, energy, and focus on brings in feelings of overwhelm, discontent, and loads of stress. These can be avoided if you plan and prioritize your tasks effectively. The imperative word is “effectively”. And how would you plan and prioritize effectively you might ask? Meet the Eisenhower Matrix.

If the name rings a bell, it’s because the Eisenhower Matrix was named after the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Before his presidency, Eisenhower served as a general in the US Army.

The Eisenhower Matrix became an invaluable tool for decision-making, time management, and project planning. It’s also called the Important-Urgent Matrix, Time Management Matrix, or the Eisenhower Box.

Why You Should Prioritize Your Tasks

  • Increase Efficiency
  • Improve Productivity
  • Overcome Procrastination to Reduce Stress
  • Better Task and Time Management with the Eisenhower Matrix

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Today, I encourage you to take control of how your day will go. Stop spending too much time on what’s urgent and start focusing on what’s important. Take courage in saying “no” to time wasters and distractions, and shout a resounding “YES!” to tasks that empower you and help you grow. You need to be clear on what your highest priorities are and use the Eisenhower matrix as your compass towards achievement and success.

Best Career Advice on Where You Should Go to Work By Sir Warren Buffett

People ask me where they should go to work, and I always tell them to go to work for whom they admire the most. It’s crazy to take little in-between jobs just because they look good on your résumé. That’s like saving sex for old age. Do what you love and work for whom you admire the most, and you’ve given yourself the best chance in life you can.

From the book The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Forget the advice about climbing the elusive corporate ladder to build the perfect résumé that will land that coveted job at that dream company. No, the real key to success isn’t crafting the perfect background “on paper” — it’s finding someone for whom to work who holds the power to propel your career forward, faster than you would do on your own.

Plain and simple, the best job shouldn’t be the job that pays the most, but the one whose boss you admire the most. Another reason why Buffett likes to quote Isaac Newton, who stated, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

By neglecting this career lesson, Buffett says, you’re not giving yourself the best chance you can to succeed in life. And the reality may be, that “admirable” person could be someone in a leadership role at your company right now.

A leader worthy of admiration

The person you will eventually admire the most will undoubtedly be a leader to whom you’re willing to give your best effort.

There is a trade-off here: This is a leader who will set you up for long-term success, allow you to fail-forward, and give your work purpose and meaning. In return, there’s employee loyalty, commitment, and intrinsic motivation — matters of the heart that give companies true competitive advantage.

In turn, being mentored and guided by such leaders will catapult you to career success. It speaks volumes to how far and fast a career can advance when you’re under the leadership of someone who cares about you and your career development.

Admirable leaders, plainly stated, are labeled as such because they truly care about individual contributors on a human level. They are sincerely interested in getting to know them — their interests, concerns, dreams, strengths, gifts, and goals.

And in the end, as Warren Buffett has attested, they will make those around them better and more successful.

Do I need a new website?

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Sometimes, it’s hard to know whether you actually need a new website. It can be tempting to consider a brand new website project when you’re tired of looking at your current website, but it isn’t always necessary. More often than not, you can actually improve what you already have and still see some really great results.

This list should serve as a guide to help you reach a decision. If some members of your team are all for a new website but some are uncertain, spend some time discussing the following questions together before you start calling web design agencies.

I hope this guide is useful if you are trying to decide if you need a new website in 2020.

1. Is your website a good representation of your business?

2. Is there a major piece of functionality missing?

3. What is your website’s carbon footprint?

4. How well do you know your user journeys?

5. Do you know why your site isn’t converting leads?

6. Does your website meet accessibility standards?

7. How long has it been since your site was built?

8. Are your team happy with the current CMS?

9. What is your budget?

Summary :

It’s important to ask yourself above questions. For most organizations, a website will be one of your most important investments. Given that we spend more and more time online, many of your customers will have their first interaction with you online. It is crucial that you feel confident about how your website performs.

But at the same time, you shouldn’t feel pressured to redesign your website from scratch because of one or two hiccups.

There will come a time when your website needs a total refresh, but make sure that this comes at the right time. Your business, and your team, will thank you!