Prioritization – Make an easier day for yourself!

Author: Jason Pampena, Master NLP Coach-Practitioner
Coaching 4 Change

If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day and leave work with a feeling that you did not accomplish half of what you had planned, you probably are spending too much time on the wrong tasks.  Do you find yourself taking action on the quick and dirty tasks because there are many of those and if you can reduce the number of things you need to do you then can focus on the important stuff?  I am sure that most people especially when frustration kicks in, start toclear tasks that are easy first,  before you know it half the day is gone and a call comes in from a client complaining their priority request has not been completed.  Panic, urgency and ultimately more stress bare down on you.

Here is a simply priority quadrant you can use to help you work through your tasks.  What is important in using this tool, your honesty with yourself.  Ask yourself with each task how important and how urgent is it?  Place it within one of these quadrants. 

  • High Importance – High Urgency: this more than likely needs to be done by your and needs to be done immediately regardless of complexity or time.  If this one is ignored this is where you will customer complaints and/or miss deadlines
  • High Importance – Low Urgency: this one needs to be done but not immediately, so as not to forget this one and have become urgent you would need to put a timeline on when you are going to do it and hold yourself to it.
  • Low Importance – High Urgency: This task should more than likely be delegated to someone else on the team because there is likely a short timeline on completion.  If you delegate you must do so properly so the person doing the task is clear on what you expect.
  • Low Importance – Low Urgency: These tasks although you may many can be put on the back burner.  Revisit them when you have completed your high priority tasks.  In many case you will find that many of these tasks will disappear or no long be a requirement.

Be diligent on how you use this matrix and truly use facts to help slot your tasks in the appropriate quadrant.  You must also have the behavioural flexibility to move tasks from quadrant to quadrant as level of importance and urgency changes.



Sep 17

Extending Minimum Wage Implementation Will Slash Job Loss Risk by 74%: Economic Analysis Final analysis of Bill 148 reveals $12 billion economic problem that the Ontario Government must resolve

Wednesday, September 27, 2017: Today the Mississauga Board of Trade, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Keep Ontario Working (KOW) Coalition, released two major reports that broadly capture the challenges associated with Bill 148 and the concerns of the employer community. The first report is the final economic impact analysis of Bill 148 by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis’ (CANCEA), which was peer-reviewed by Professor Morley Gunderson of the University of Toronto. CANCEA’s analysis reveals that if Government were to do nothing other than implement the minimum wage increase over five years instead of in the next 15 months, jobs at risk would decrease by 74 per cent in the first two years. The analysis also indicates that while the proposed changes will see $11 billion in wage stimulus flow into the economy in the next two years, a remaining $12 billion problem exists which will lead to jobs lost, added costs, and general damage to the Ontario economy. “Today’s final report by CANCEA is clear, while the Government is correct to say that there will be a stimulus from Bill 148, it does not cover the $23 billion cost challenge for business in the first two years – a substantial amount that poses great risk to our economy and cannot be resolved through offsets alone,” said Karl Baldauf, Vice President of Policy and Government Relations at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “More must be done. The Ontario Government must resolve the economic challenges presented in Bill 148 through a combination of slowing down the implementation period, amending the legislation, and offsets. Business and Government must work together to avoid unintended consequences and protect our most vulnerable.” “This report should be a great concern to Mississauga businesses,” said David Wojcik, President & CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade. “We call on our MPPs to heed this advice and slow down the pace of change through Bill 148.”
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