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How to Prioritize Tasks Effectively

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Prioritizing tasks is an important part of being successful at anything, be it professionally or at home in your everyday life. Not being able to prioritize tasks effectively will lead to undue stress because you'll feel as though you're always behind, always trying to catch up. Learn to effectively prioritize and you'll look forward to crossing off each item on your "To Do" list.

Develop a To Do list with all of the tasks you need to accomplish in a given time frame. For example, if it's cleaning day at home, create a list of all of the jobs you intend to complete by the end of the day.

Create a numbering or lettering system to rank the tasks by their level of importance. For example, use the numbering system "1," "2" and "3," for marking your tasks, with "1" being the most important and "3" being the least.

Mark either a "1," "2" or "3" next to each item on your To Do list, based on its importance.

Start with the tasks you marked with a "1." Do not begin any other tasks until all of those tasks are complete. Continue with all No. 2 tasks, followed by No. 3 tasks, if time remains. Even if you don't complete all of the tasks on your list, only the least important tasks will remain for another day.

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Eliminate or delegate any tasks of lesser importance to help you complete your To Do list. For example, delegate gathering and taking out the trash on cleaning day to one of your children so you can spend that time on something more important.

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