Prioritize to Organize

In many respects, leaders need to be more organized than their team members. A disorganized leader sends a message that isn’t flattering and reinforces disorganization, rather than efficiency and being on top of things.

Being able to prioritize effectively is an essential key to successful organizing. In this fast-moving environment that we work in, however, leaders need to be nimble enough to switch gears and reprioritize when things change.

Think in terms of what is going to advance you most meaningfully to achieve your goals. And remember that short-term objectives may have more urgency than longer term ones.

The worst thing you can do is to prioritize everything as urgent when this is very rarely the case. Consider these quick tips while trying to prioritize:

+ Decide which tasks will best move you towards the achievement of your goal(s) and focus on them first.

+ Overcome your resistance and delegate tasks that don’t showcase your greatest area of strength. Give your co-workers space to help you (in other words, stay out of their way so they can do what they do best).

+ Keep in mind that excellence is superior to perfection.

Remember the adage that perfection is enemy of good. Stay out of that trap, and watch your results improve.

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