Organizing By Priority

A time management skill to help you be more productive.

Get in the habit of organizing and prioritizing your day. You will become more productive. This is a proven simple way to saving time, being organized, and increasing productivity.

Before leaving the office for the day, or first thing the next morning, make a list of everything that needs to be done. Next, prioritize your list.


Give each one an A, B, C, D or E priority mark:

  • A – Must be done first – very important. Serious consequences if you do not get it done. Often this is a task you don’t want to do and have procrastinated to get done. Think about the sense of accomplishment you will have once it is complete. In addition, you get to check it off your list.
  • B – A should do task with mild consequences. (Never do a B task before A tasks are done)
  • C – Nice to do, but no consequences whether you do it or not. Has little or no affect in your work like. (Most people spend half of their time here)
  • D – Something you can delegate. This frees up your time to work on the A tasks.
  • E – Eliminate all together and it makes absolutely no difference. It may have been a higher priority task previously but is no longer important.


Remember, not everything has to be done today. However, if you have several A tasks, give them a priority too. A1, A2, A3, etc… A1 being the most important and the task you should tackle first.

Practice discipline and start working on your A task right away. Focus on results…. Not activity.

Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC.

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