What task really needs to come first?

It’s getting so we don’t dare even print the word “multi-tasking” since it’s been getting such a bad rap recently. Scott Eblin shares how you can identify less important priorities:

Ask if a particular item will matter in a week, month or year from now. If not, it can be demoted in importance.

Consider others who care about a certain item. If it’s important to your children, boss or co-workers, it might be a high priority.

Identify the positive aspects of a priority. The payoff can be an indicator of how important something is.

Ask yourself what would happen if you failed with a certain priority. Would you be able to recover? Would it be easy or difficult to move on?

Identify items that aren’t your burden to carry. It’s possible you’re taking on something that isn’t your responsibility to begin with.

— Adapted from “How to Determine if the Balls You’re Juggling Are Rubber or Glass,” Scott Eblin, Eblin Group blog.