5 TIPS FOR PRIORITIZING YOUR EVER-GROWING TO-DO LIST

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 of FastCompany has a list of 5 important tips to narrow down the really important things on your to do list.

She suggests making a list of everything that needs to be done, and then whittling it down to 2-3 items using the following criteria.

1. IT’S A STEP TOWARD A BIG PROFESSIONAL GOAL

In life, it’s always easy to shove off important—but not urgent—tasks. A colleague wants an email answered, so you do. You don’t have to work on that book proposal, so you don’t.

But keep in mind, people who accomplish great things in life prioritize those great ideas alongside mundane tasks. To be sure, you shouldn’t brainstorm how you’ll reform health care when your boss needs a document turned around in an hour.

If you put in an hour in your home office before commuting, or you get to the office early for some quiet time, then that can be a great slot for putting first things first.

2. YOUR BOSS SAYS IT’S A TOP PRIORITY

Good managers strive to create a risk-free environment for people to ask what matters and what doesn’t. If you’re not sure what work should be done first, stop by your boss’s office and ask him or her to choose. You’re not bothering the boss. Assistance with prioritization is the core of management.

This is especially important if your manager has given you multiple high-profile projects concurrently. He or she may be dealing with shifting deadlines, or shifting priorities higher up the ladder, and you want to be helpful.

3. IT MAKES YOU MONEY

Not everyone has a boss, but most of us aim to make cash one way or another. In her book Never Check Email in the Morning, time management guru Julie Morgenstern advises people to “dance close to the revenue line.”

“In tough economic times, your ability to make or save your company money is where your greatest value lies,” she writes. Revenue enables everything else. If time is tight, then reaching out to a new client is more important than getting to the bottom of your inbox.

4. IT LIGHTENS YOUR MENTAL LOAD

Sometimes difficult tasks expand in our mental accounting to consume far more time and energy than they will in reality.

If you’re worried about a difficult phone call, then don’t fret about it all week. Just schedule it in at 9 a.m. the next day and do it. By 9:30 a.m. you’ll be done, and can devote your attention to knocking off other priorities.

5. IT CAN ONLY BE DONE TODAY

Some tasks are more time sensitive than others. If your mentor is flying all day tomorrow and you want his or her feedback on something that’s due tomorrow, then you’ll need to prioritize calling him or her today—even if that call might not naturally leap out as a high priority.

 

http://www.fastcompany.com/3036684/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/5-tips-for-prioritizing-your-ever-growing-to-do-list

 

7 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning

 

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BY KRISTA BUTLER via http://www.mindbodygreen.com/

My alarm is set to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. It’s impossible to not smile when this song plays. This, combined with the other habits below, set the tone for a productive, happy and healthy day.

1. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up.

This rehydrates your body, revs up your digestive system, and gets things flowing. You may notice positive changes like clearer skin and better digestion. Bonus points if you add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.

2. Do not check your email or phone for at least an hour.

Do you sleep with your cell phone next to you and grab for it first thing when you wake? This is not a good habit. If you choose to resist the temptation to check your email and Facebook feed until at least an hour after waking up, you’ll find that your mind is more clear, focused and happy.

3. Think of one thing for which you have gratitude.

This sets the stage for positivity throughout the day. If you come up with three or five things, even better.

4. Step outside and take a deep breath.

Fill your lungs with fresh air. Even if it’s cold outside. This only takes 10 seconds! It reminds you that you are alive and breathing.

5. Move your body.

You don’t necessarily have to do an intense workout before breakfast, but moving your body even a little is a great way to get the blood flowing and shake the body into wake-up mode. Simply doing a few stretches is a great option. Or turn on your favorite song and dance like no one is watching.

6. Take time to eat a healthy breakfast.

Rather than reaching for a box of cereal, focus on getting real foods in your body. Eggs, soaked oats, and smoothies are all great options. (And they really don’t take that much time to prepare.) Try it out.

7. Say your affirmations.

Look into the mirror and say something positive to yourself. Some ideas:

  • I radiate beauty, confidence and grace.
  • Every cell in my body is healthy and vibrant.
  • I feel great when I take care of myself.

So are you up for the challenge of incorporating these healthy habits? What about you? What helps you start the day off right?