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5 Hacks For Prioritizing Complex Tasks

5 Hacks For Prioritizing Complex Tasks

The objective of prioritization is to help you achieve results with as little effort as possible. Here are some hacks for prioritizing tasks with no pain.

1.  Use a Whiteboard to List Out All the Tasks You Need to Do

If you prefer to do your own task management, you might find that a whiteboard can be a very effective tool. Place it in an open area so that everyone can see it. It will become embarrassing for you to leave tasks incomplete and acts as a motivating factor to complete the tasks that you list.

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    2. Use Asana

    It is a simple and easy-to-use web-based project management tool. It can provide a macro view of the whole project and allow you to delegate tasks that can be completed by other people. Alternatives to Asana include AgileZen.com, which is a shared task list tool for teams, or Huddle, a comprehensive platform for collaborating on content in the cloud. There are many more task management choices on the web to check out as well, but give these a look.

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      3. Delegation

      You need not finish everything on your own. The fact is that it may only cost you five dollars an hour to complete a task you have been procrastinating on, so why not give that a try? There are many websites such as Upwork, Fiverr.com, and ODesk.com for you to find freelancers of all skills — including designers, web developers, mobile programmers, writers, translators, and more.

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        4. Write Down Three of Your Daily Important Tasks on a Post-it Note

        Place the note somewhere you’re always looking at, such as the edge of your monitor, inside your wallet, or even on your smartphone screen. By doing this, you won’t miss or forget any important tasks.

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          5.  Identify which task is the most important

          It is essential to set a goal before you work on prioritizing tasks. The book Eat That Flog! provides you with 21 effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more. If you don’t know what to prioritize, you can go through this book to get some ideas of how to get things straight in that area.

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            Last Updated on October 14, 2018

            Don’t Think You’re a Creative Person? You Can Definitely Change That

            Don’t Think You’re a Creative Person? You Can Definitely Change That

            Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences?

            Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent, whereby only a special group of people are inherently creative–everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. But, this is far from the truth!

            So what is creativity?

            Everyone Can Be Creative!

            The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so?

            You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Creativity isn’t just about making art or ‘thinking out of the box’. Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems.

            So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.

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            Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. You have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

            How Creativity Really Works

            Let me break another misconception about creativity — which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original.

            Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

            From this perspective, you can see lots of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by certain styles of music, instruments and rhythms to write a new song.

            All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

            Creativity Needs an Intention

            Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state.

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            Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question:

            “What problem are you trying to solve?”

            Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles.

            Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity.

            But to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain, Right and Left, which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too.

            This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison.

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            For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus.

            And, when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

            Creativity is a Skill

            At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.

            A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test.

            A skill can also be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative!

            If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things.

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            Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

            Start Connecting the Dots!

            Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

            So if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, simply subscribe to our newsletter today. In it, you’ll find out how to make use of crucial skills that will push you towards a life transformation– one that you never thought possible. Your personal growth is our commitment.

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