Workplace Hack: Prioritize!

When you have a to-do list as long as your arm it can be tempting to try to do everything at once, meaning you get stressed, forget tasks and make mistakes.

To really get to the bottom of your to-do list you’re going to need to work out your priorities. The MoSCoW Method is a great way to do this…

To follow this hack, sit down with your to-do list and put each item into one of the following 4 categories:

  • Must – tasks you absolutely have to do
  • Should – high priority tasks that you need to do at some point, but they can wait
  • Could – tasks you want to do but don’t really need to
  • Would – tasks that may be considered in the future

Now you know your priorities, make a schedule of your Must and Should tasks and stick to it!

Where possible, try delegating your lower priority tasks or make a decision not to do them. If they wind up back on your to-do list in the future, you’ll know to prioritize them next time.

How do you prioritize your to-do list? Let us know in the comments.


This hack is part of a series of weekly workplace hacks that teaches you about collaboration, productivity and time saving tips. Published every Wednesday.

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