Voyage Tech Blogs

Voyage Technology has been serving the Beaver Dam area since 1999, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How to Order the Items on Your To-Do List

How to Order the Items on Your To-Do List

Being in business today means that you have a lot on your plate, it’s as simple as that. Yet, with so many tasks piling up, it can be challenging to prioritize them all so you can figure out where to start. Below, we go over some strategies you can use to make sense out of all the tasks you have on your day and reach a point of productivity.

1. Eliminate Non-Starters
If you are not currently able to work on a particular task, it shouldn’t be on your to-do list. Therefore, you need to identify which of your compiled tasks you are actually able to complete, and which you can’t do for reasons outside of your control. Once you have determined these, remove them from your to-do list consideration, or make a point of following up on them. These kinds of tasks will likely only frustrate you and slow you down.

2. Rank Your Tasks by Importance and Urgency
Let’s all be honest here - there are tasks that we all just don’t want to do, which means that there is going to be the temptation to procrastinate doing them until the very last possible moment, hoping that we’ll have the time when it’s down to the wire. However, there are also tasks that unequivocally must be done within a certain timeframe. Yet, even when these two categories overlap, the urge is still there to push back the unwanted task. Resist it - the negative consequences of missing a deadline would be far worse than some frustration now.

3. Determine a Task’s Value
This is related somewhat to the importance and urgency consideration. What item on your to-do list will deliver the greatest benefit to the company as a whole, and a bit more importantly, to your clientele? Alternatively, which task will cause the greatest fallout if it isn’t completed in a timely fashion? By comparing each item on your list to one another in this way, you can arrange them so that the work gets done in the order it needs to.

4. What Does the Boss Want?
What does the person immediately above you in the company hierarchy see to be the priority? Whether or not you necessarily agree with them is moot. They are in charge, so if they want things to be done in a certain way, or certain objectives to take precedence over others, that is their prerogative. This is not to say that you necessarily do things in the order they tell you without question, either. If you see a way to do things that is better, pitch it to them - just make sure you have your counterpoints prepared for the ensuing fallout.

This deciding factor works at all levels of an organization, from entry all the way up to the executive suite. After all, the boss’ boss in any organization is, to a point, the customer.

5. What Are You Ready to Tackle?
It is also important to remember that you’re only human, and there are going to be those days that you just aren’t ready to dive into a big, important project first thing. Knowing your own limits and working style will help you to understand how your time is best spent, which is really the most important factor to productivity.

On a related note, you also want to remember that businesses are dynamic things, and you may suddenly be presented with an urgent, high-priority task - something that your team needs right now. Remaining adaptable and able to pivot between responsibilities is an important talent to develop in business.

Again, it is all about the work that you are prepared to do in the moment. If small tasks need to take precedence over large ones because that’s the only way anything will get done, so be it.

Once you’ve settled on your list, Voyage Technology can help you execute on it with a variety of IT services and solutions. For more information, reach out to us at 800.618.9844.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Monday, 22 April 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Hackers Cloud Business Computing Privacy Email Malware Internet Tech Term Computer Innovation Hosted Solutions Network Security User Tips Efficiency Business Data Mobile Devices Software IT Services Data Backup Productivity Hardware Communication Android Smartphone Google Small Business Microsoft Browser Business Management Productivity Windows 10 Artificial Intelligence Workplace Tips Smartphones Social Media Collaboration Server IT Support Ransomware Data Management Data Recovery Facebook Internet of Things App Cloud Computing Cybersecurity communications Automation Microsoft Office Two-factor Authentication Managed Service Provider Upgrade Backup Gmail Encryption Phishing Windows 10 Office 365 Saving Money VoIP Spam Managed Service Business Technology Passwords Windows Office Tips Managed IT Services Bandwidth Outsourced IT Mobile Device Disaster Recovery Information Miscellaneous Applications Users Going Green Network Printer Access Control Computing Infrastructure Website Tip of the week Paperless Office Government Mobile Device Management Scam Analytics Firewall Cooperation IT Support BYOD Augmented Reality Holiday Business Continuity The Internet of Things Blockchain WiFi Big Data Social Vulnerability Apple Apps Employer-Employee Relationship BDR Mobile Security IT Management Quick Tips Settings Customer Service Hacking Printing Content Filtering Presentation Computers Cybercrime Hacker Wi-Fi Office Saving Time Wireless Technology Healthcare Risk Management Data storage LiFi Retail Antivirus Chrome Networking Money Document Management Maintenance Safety Data Security Storage Cost Management Sports Robot Mouse Bring Your Own Device HIPAA Administration End of Support Vendor Router Modem Business Growth Electronic Medical Records Processor Customer Relationship Management Database Cyber Monday IT Technicians Virtual Private Network Error PowerPoint Integration Display Proxy Server Cortana Competition Cookies Google Maps Smart Technology Hotspot Alt Codes Virtual Reality Navigation Tactics Monitoring Wireless Mirgation Virtual Assistant Downtime Hosted Solution Monitors Help Desk Nanotechnology Operating System User Distributed Denial of Service Language Network Management Typing Twitter Evernote Addiction Management Chatbots Travel YouTube Google Drive Knowledge Screen Reader SharePoint Avoiding Downtime Managed IT Service Computing Infrastructure Cryptocurrency Remote Computing IP Address Service Level Agreement Conferencing 5G Identity Lenovo Information Technology Unified Threat Management Google Docs Unified Communications Writing Bookmark Experience Smart Tech Downloads Recovery Alerts Marketing Bitcoin Alert Tech Professional Services Running Cable Mobile Office Download Virtual Desktop Telephone Hard Drives Superfish Google Wallet Browsers Domains Connectivity Word Multi-Factor Security Break Fix Licensing Server Management Windows 8 Term Voice over Internet Protocol Laptop Upload Social Network Refrigeration Compliance Drones Outlook Managed IT Services Social Engineering Entertainment Public Speaking IoT Google Calendar Dark Web Mobility iPhone Halloween Lithium-ion battery Trends Customer Resource management Regulations Entrepreneur Humor Data Analysis Star Wars Legislation Microsoft Excel Staff Hacks Google Play Vulnerabilities Scary Stories Gamification Dark Data Telephone System Fun Undo Social Networking Budget Identity Theft Data loss Deep Learning How To Fileless Malware Comparison Wearable Technology Patch Management Password Tech Support Security Cameras Windows 7 Content Education Health IT Virtualization Motherboard Techology Save Money Directions Assessment Specifications Permissions Application Mobile Computing Websites SSID Microsoft 365 Search Unified Threat Management Tablet Fraud Gadgets Remote Monitoring Best Practice Vendor Management Microchip IBM Internet Exlporer Black Friday Username VPN Current Events Machine Learning Medical IT Solutions Buisness IT solutions Network Congestion User Tip User Error Legal

Sign Up For Our Newsletter!