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10 Steps to Help You Manage Your Priorities


Leaders often find themselves juggling multiple important tasks and struggling to prioritize amidst the chaos. The constant pressure to meet deadlines, respond to urgent matters, and manage the expectations of the board, staff and donors can be overwhelming. Especially when we rarely have an uninterrupted workday. Mastering prioritization is an essential part effective leadership.

Here's a guide to help you manage your time and tasks wisely:


1. Identify Time Sensitivity:

  • Assess the urgency of each task.

  • Use a simple system like labeling tasks as "urgent," "important but not urgent," or "can wait."

  • Focus on addressing urgent matters promptly to prevent them from snowballing into bigger issues.


2.Consider Impact and Consequences:

  • Evaluate the potential impact of each task on your team, projects, or overall goals.

  • Prioritize tasks with higher consequences or broader implications for your center.


3. Communicate Effectively:

  • Be transparent about your workload and discuss realistic timelines.

  • Keep an open line of communication with your staff so they also understand their priorities also affect your workload.

  • Set clear expectations to avoid misunderstandings and manage the flow of tasks effectively.


4. Delegate Wisely:

  • Recognize when a task can be delegated without compromising quality.

  • Empower your team members by assigning tasks based on their strengths and expertise.

  • Trust your team to deliver and don’t micromanage.


5. Use Technology to Your Advantage:

  • Use productivity tools and project management software.

  • Schedule reminders for important deadlines.

  • Organize tasks based on deadlines, dependencies, and priority levels.


6. Prioritize Based on Values and Goals:

  • Evaluate whether each task contributes to the current or future vision of the center.

  • Say 'no' to tasks that do not align with your current services and vision statement to avoid spreading yourself too thin.


8. Regularly Review and Adjust:

  • Periodically reassess your priorities as circumstances change.

  • Be adaptable and willing to adjust your plan based on new information.

  • Learn from your experiences to refine your prioritization skills over time.


9. Manage Interruptions Effectively:

  • Acknowledge that interruptions are inevitable, especially in leadership roles.

  • Establish designated time slots for staff to bring questions or concerns.

  • Encourage your team to consolidate non-urgent inquiries to minimize disruptions.


10. Empower Your Team:

  • Encourage your team to find solutions independently within your pre-set guidelines.

  • Provide resources and guidance to empower your team to make informed decisions.


By embracing these strategies and acknowledging interruptions as opportunities, leaders can manage their time efficiently and also foster a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement within their teams.




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