Are your priorities up the creek?

Making decisions on what projects to tackle, and when to tackle them, will always feature as a daily task for most of us. We all have a variety of jobs to perform with goals to achieve, and each job will have its own timescale and deadline. This is why it is important to develop the ability to prioritise. In essence, this is the ability to focus on what is important and then to manage the task effectively in the face of the demands on our time that inevitably crop up every day. If you are like me, some days it is more challenging than others. I have come to rely on some very useful tools. They can help you too and provide you with Key Steps to…

Schedule your priorities…
and not just prioritise your schedule

There are many tools that have become part of the fabric of my life and I find value using, like the time management matrix, the Pareto Principle and the Key Steps weekly coaching and planning tool. This has taken me 12 years to refine and perfect but it is worth it because it REALLY works. When you join us for Time and Stress Management we will explore it together and I’ll give you full rights to reprint and use it (it currently saves me at least 4 hours a week). Today I’d like to suggest you start with a simple yet effective strategy integrated in this tool. I call it CTV and it requires checking each item on your ‘to-do-list’ for:

  1. Cost: In other words, if I don’t do it, how much is it going to cost me, the company or my customers (internal and external)? Or, if I do it, how much will it save me? The bottom line is checking what the financial (energy or time) loss or gain will be from doing or not doing a specific task.
  2. Time: This applies in three ways. Firstly, how much time will it take me to complete the task. Secondly, is the task time sensitive (i.e. certain important meetings or tasks dependant on someone else’s input).  Thirdly, is someone else depending on me doing this by a particular time?
  3. Value: How much value will this task add in the bigger scheme of things? If the value for me is not great, is the value for another great.  Value does not always have to be financial.  Value could easily be personal satisfaction, career development or recreation time with loved ones.  Only you can know what really adds value.  Keep applying CTV and…

“be the difference that makes the difference

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NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’