How to Set Priorities (without it ending in a fight)
In a previous post, I talked about the principle that:
“if you have three hours a day and three priorities, you will make good progress. If you have ten hours a day and ten priorities, you will spin your wheels. So you can only afford three.”
That naturally raises the question:
So which three priorities do you choose?
The question is hard, because various things can go wrong:
- You go through the exercise, and end up with everything as a first priority;
- You go round and round in circles, never arriving at an answer;
- It becomes a political process – not what priority, but whose priority?
In all, there are excellent opportunities for consuming huge amounts of time and damaging relationships.
But there are better ways. You need a process that is systematic, guaranteed to reach a conclusion, objective and transparent. The video presents three techniques.