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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 June 13, 2019

            10 Best Success Books You Need to Read to Be Great at Business

            10 Best Success Books You Need to Read to Be Great at Business

            Take a minute and think about some of the most successful people you know.

            I’d bet they’re great with people, are super-productive, and think differently than most. After all, that’s how they got to be where they are today.

            Jealous of them? You don’t have to be.

            You can learn these same skills by studying some of the best business and success books that can help you take your game to the next level. Here’re 10 of my favorites:

            1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

              Dale Carnegie’s best-selling book that helped to launch a personal growth empire should be required reading for everyone who wants to learn how to build and nurture relationships for a lifetime.

              Read this book and you’ll learn some simple advice than can help you build popularity points within your current network and just as important, expand it to others.

              Get the book here!

              2. Focal Point by Brian Tracy

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                Got a lot on your to-do list? Of course you do. But what separates productive people from others is their ability to focus on a singular task at a time, and getting it done before moving on to the next one.

                Sounds simple in theory, but this can be extremely difficult in practice. In Focal Point Brian Tracy offers tips to help build discipline and organization into your day so you can get more stuff done.

                Get the book here!

                3. Purple Cow by Seth Godin

                  Creating a “me-too” product can be easy at the start but can doom you to business failure. That’s why marketing maverick Seth Godin recommends creating a product that is truly different from anything already available in the marketplace.

                  In essence by making the product different you’ll be building the marketing into the actual product development…which just makes your actual marketing a helluva lot easier.

                  Get the book here!

                  4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

                    If you’ve struggled with procrastination or small thinking, this is the book for you. In it Schwartz offers practical advice that can help you get inspired and motivated to create a bigger life for yourself. And with it can be a more lucrative and rewarding career.

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                    Get the book here!

                    5. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel

                      It can be difficult for lots of people to keep things in perspective, especially when working on high priority and urgent projects at work.

                      Man’s Search for Meaning can be a life-changing book in the sense that it can open your eyes to a first-hand experience of one of the greatest atrocities in the history of mankind, while also teaching a valuable lesson about having purpose.

                      Get the book here!

                      6. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

                        Solo-entrepreneurs can learn a ton from the guy who made lifestyle design popular. But guess what? The 4HWW isn’t just for guys and girls who want to start a small online business.

                        Smart moves like outsourcing, following the 80/20 rule, and automating processes should be made by entry-level workers and established executives alike.

                        Get the book here!

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                        7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

                          I remember sitting on a couch and opening this book on a Saturday morning, thinking I’d get through a chapter and then get on with my day. Instead, about 12 hours later, I was finished with the book. The concepts in it were mind-blowing to me.

                          To think that thoughts can create your reality sounded a little far-fetched at first. But after going through the book and understanding that your thoughts create your beliefs, which lead to actions, which then lead to habits….well you can get where I’m going with this.

                          If you focus your thoughts on success, achieving it will be much more likely than thinking about obstacles, failures and everything else that can get in your way.

                          Get the book here!

                          8. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard

                            If you’re going to read one management book in your life, this should be it. It’s simple. You can read it in an afternoon. And the advice works.

                            Get the book here!

                            9. The Lean Start-Up by Eric Ries

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                              Before you create any sort of business you’ll want to give Lean Start-Up a read through. Doing so can save you money, time and other resources you could have potentially wasted otherwise.

                              Get the book here!

                              10. The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar

                                The story Randy Komisar shares in the Monk and the Riddle offers advice about not just about how you need to think when starting a new business, but also about how to build a life you’re passionate about.

                                Understanding the technical aspects of launching a start-up is great, but if you don’t have the staying power to stick with it when the going gets tough then it’s not likely to work.

                                This book can help you understand this lesson before you spend blood, sweat and tears on a project that you’re heart isn’t into.

                                Get the book here!

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