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2 priority checks save time and stress

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Too often professionals get overwhelmed with the sheer number of tasks and requests coming in, and fail to prioritize everything properly. This can waste an enormous amount of time. Instead of reacting to emails, calls and requests immediately, professionals should prioritize to figure out which truly need attention at any given time, Scott McDowell writes.

He favors two checks a day: one before bed to plan for the day ahead and a second around lunch to re­view and course correct, if needed. In these prioritization checks, McDowell asks himself a few questions, such as: Is this the most important thing I need to do right now? Is someone else waiting on this?

Aligning his tasks with these questions throughout the day saves him a great deal of stress and hassle.

— Adapted from “Why You Need a Daily Prioritization Meeting,” Scott McDowell, 99U.

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