Something I’ve been thinking about for a minute. It’s busy at work (which is a great thing!) but not all tasks are created equally. Sometimes what seems hyper-urgent isn’t super strategic. And with limited hours in the day, I’ve noticed that if I jump to every distraction that comes up, I run out of time to do the big strategic thing that I was supposed to be doing.
Current job calls those distractions ankle-biters. And they tend to get me if I’m not careful. E.g. it’s easier to tweak reports than it is to write an article (for me, at least) so sometimes I do the easy thing over the valuable thing. E.g. #2 — it’s more fulfilling to answer teammates’ product questions in Slack than it is to muscle through a gantt chart for my 2H 2019 commitments, so sometimes I do the thing that makes me feel better over the thing that’s harder to complete.
I’m trying to come up with a rubric for prioritizing competing priorities, so I can ignore the ankle biters and stick to the big valuable things. Something like this:
High value tasks tend to be:
Something that would un-block other people or projects.
Something that delivers significant scope of work.
Something that improves a whole workflow.
How do you guys pick the best task out of a whole bushel of urgent tasks?