How to schedule priorities – a quick and easy method
This week I was teaching a class on life and time management, where I spent time talking with participants about the difference between time management and priority management. The difference between time management and priority management The reason for making this distinction boils down to some famous words of advice: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” —Stephen R. Covey Schedule your priorities We often jump straight into scheduling the things on our plate, without even determining whether we SHOULD be working on them in the first place. One of the best ways to ensure you’re clear on what your priorities are is to periodically check in with your line manager and simply ask. This may seem obvious, but just because something is common sense doesn’t mean its common practice! Research has found that managers and their direct reports often: Manage up – take the lead to align with your supervisor Amazing, right? But the bottom line is we live in a fast-paced environment, where priorities are constantly in flux. You’ve got to do the necessary work to constantly manage up, otherwise you may inadvertently be creating problems for yourself. So here’s a little homework assignment to do: Chances are you may be surprised what you find out! Once you’re clear on what your priorities are, the Ivy Lee Method for scheduling is a quick and easy way to schedule them. The Ivy Lee Method on How to Schedule Coaching questions for thought: Shelley Pernot is a leadership and career coach who is passionate about helping her clients discover their strengths and talents and find a career that utilizes them. Reach out to me here for a free consultation to learn more about the coaching process and how it may benefit you! I’ve recently been featured in Feedspot’s top 50 career coaching blogs. Check out what other career coaching experts have to say here!
January 26, 2023
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