We've all been through it - just when you think all is calm, a wave of deadlines come and knock you over. You might find yourself overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work ahead of you. Don't panic! Fati-Nouri Lifestyle is here to help you sort through it with 3 easy steps.
Phase 1 - Determine the Root of the Problem There may be several things keeping you from prioritizing and getting your tasks completed. By pinpointing the exact problem, you can then build skills to improve your organization. So what are some reasons preventing you from keeping order?
See if you can relate to the following:
ALL the things are important and due yesterday
Low Motivation / Procrastination
Burnt out from poor planning
Undefined due dates / targets
Phase 2 - Strategies for Improvement
Now that we have established some roadblocks to success, here are some strategies I use when things get crazy. Once you get into a routine, it can become second nature. You might be able to use these strategies in other aspects of your life.
- Write down all of your tasks and make an approximate due date for each. You could in theory plan this all out on your phone, but it could just serve as another distraction. I prefer to go old-fashioned and use the physical act of writing things out to register in my brain that "shit's serious".
- Take a highlighter and colour code according to time required to complete each task.
- Schedule out your timeline between now and the final deadline - write down everything you do daily and figure out windows of time you can devote to accomplishing your tasks.
- Can something be done in 5 minutes or less? You can do these as you're getting ready for the day, making coffee (let the water boil unwatched!), or as you're ending the day.
- Lengthy or full effort tasks should be broken down so they can be worked on several times per week.
- Cross things off as you go, and "apply filters" - make little lists aside from the Master list according to time required to complete, effort needed, and time left before deadline.
Phase 3 - Reflection
Once you've tried at least one cycle of the above phases, take some time to write down what worked for you, and what you struggled with. Believe it or not, these reflections are your own personally created strategies! You can modify your task schedule, break down your large tasks a little less than the previous cycle, or create new priorities according to your goals and life situation. It is my hope that you take these ideas to heart and put full effort into implementing them into your daily life. This method of prioritization has been a game changer for me, and I do hope that it does the same for you.