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The second part of this article is too good to pass up. This is a follow-up to the previous post about Forbes picking up Senior GTD Coach and Presenter Kelly Forrister’s article on how to tackle a crazy to-do list, originally posted on The Daily Muse.
Crazy To-Do List?
Pulling in Priorities
While context, time availability, and resources will limit your choices about which to-dos you should tackle next, they still aren’t usually enough to help you decide which will bring you the most value. This is where priority shines—it becomes your strategy.
First, capture into lists everything you’ve made an agreement, would, could, or should about, personally and professionally, so that you trust you’re making a decision against the full inventory of what you’ve committed to. Then, ask these two simple priority questions:
- What’s the value in getting it done?
- What’s the risk if I don’t?
Try asking those two questions on the next email you get that asks you to do something. Or the next book you tell yourself you should read. Or the next meeting you’re asked to attend. It might just help you wade through your choices with more ease of mind, knowing you can only do so much, and that you’re making the best choices you can.