Countless books have been written on prioritization, yet most people continue to be extremely busy spending time doing things that are not truly a high priority. Being busy gives us the perception that progress is being made. But, this is a false perception. Busyness and completion of the less critical can prevent you from reaching your goals.
To reach her goals, Jennifer Dulski, President and COO at Change.org, relies on “mission-based prioritization.” This business advice was provided to her by Lynn Sorensen, then a program officer at the national Breakthrough Collaborative.
To use this technique, Dulski explains, “Make a grid with your mission statement at the top (or whatever language you use to measure your primary work objective) and your “to-do” list down the side. Run through your entire to-do list, checking whether each item does or does not impact your ability to achieve your mission.”
Dulski also advises not to limit the “mission” list to the serious work. Make sure some of the fun things make the list, too, she says. By removing some of the less important work, you’ll have time for a little fun.
So, what’s your mission? Does everything on your to-do list directly impact your mission?
Effective prioritization will have you proudly announcing: Mission Accomplished.