How do you prioritize your goals

Setting priorities - 5 tips for time management and setting priorities

7 prioritization methods for successful self and time management

The following methods will help you set priorities successfully. Procrastination is a thing of the past!

1. The Ivy Lee method

At the end of the working day, write down a list of the 6 most important tasks for the next working day. You prioritize them according to their importance and start the next morning with the first task. Just focus on this task. As soon as it's done, you get to your second to-do. At the end of the working day you make a list with the tasks for the next day. Hottest contenders are the tasks that were not done that day.

Conclusion: You will be forced to make decisions and concentrate on the most important issues. The Ivy Lee Method helps you to work in a focused manner in a simple way and avoids putting off tasks.

2. The ABC method

With this method, your tasks are categorized according to importance and urgency. How do you do that? Quite simply, you ask yourself the following question for each task: How important is this activity for the success of my company? Then you divide the tasks: Category A (very important & urgent), the category B (important) and C (less important). After you have categorized your tasks, you should adjust the time management to the categorization. The following scheme is suitable for this: Category A: 60% of the total time, Category B: 25% of the total time, Category C: 15% of the total time.

Conclusion: This method helps very well to be clear about the priorities of the individual topics and activities.

3. That Eisenhower principle

A classic among prioritization methods invented by President Eisenhower. Here, too - similar to the ABC method - the tasks are classified according to importance and urgency. A task is considered important when it serves to achieve the goal. A task that does not get you closer to your goals is considered unimportant. A task is urgent when it loses its meaning on a certain date in the near future. If it doesn't matter when you do it (in the near future), it is not urgent. Based on these parameters, the tasks are then divided into 4 quadrants.

• Important & urgent - do it yourself immediately
• Important but not urgent - schedule exactly and do it yourself
• Not important but urgent - delegating
• Neither important nor urgent - do not edit

Conclusion: Here it is worked out in more detail what the most important tasks are and how you should work them.

4. The Pomodoro method

Developed by the Italian Francesco Cirillo, this method is based on his egg clock. Yes, you read that right. Cirillo used his egg clock in the shape of a tomato (Italian: "Pomodoro") and always divided his time into 25-minute cycles. Precisely because his Pomodoro watch could only be set to 25 minutes. This is how this method arose. And it works like this: You divide your tasks in the morning so that they fit into the cycles. You subdivide larger tasks, and summarize small ones. Then you start working on these tasks for 25 minutes without interruption. After each work unit there is a short break of 5 minutes and after 4 work units a longer break of 30 minutes.

Conclusion: easy time management. Working in units of time contributes to an increase in productivity. Time wasters and interruptions are eliminated and moved to the 5-minute breaks.

5. The ALPS method

With consistent implementation, it successfully structures the entire daily routine:

A.Write down tasks and appointments - create a to-do list
L.Estimate length - We work more concentrated and more effectively within a time limit
PDefine buffer times - for a longer expenditure of time and unforeseen events
E.Making decisions - setting priorities, e.g. with the Eisenhower method
Nacheck - how did the day go? Learnings for the next working day

Conclusion: A simple method of self and time management. It can be combined well with the strategies of setting priorities.

6. That GTD principle

The GTD method (“Getting Things Done”) developed by management consultant David Allen has now become a cult because it gets everything out of your head that clogs your brain and brings it back to your memory exactly when you need it. It is a self-management method in which you record everything - but really everything - of activities in an administration system in task lists. If you write everything down and make sure that you are reminded of it in time by the calendar, you relieve your head. In this way you can concentrate fully on the current task and do not have to worry about forgetting other tasks.

Conclusion: With this method you can manage your entire life. Even if it takes a little more time to create these lists at the beginning - with routine you work more organized, focused and stress-free.

7. The SMART method

This method will help you to formulate your goals SMART:
S.: Describe your goals as specifically as possible
M.: Orientate yourself to measurable facts
A.: Make your goals attractive to you
R.: Make it realistic
T: Have a timing in mind

Conclusion: The SMART method helps you set goals correctly and thus efficiently achieve the desired result.