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Tackling your to-do list

When the new year begins, workers return to the office from winter vacation relaxed, restored, re-energized.

Everyone is full of resolutions, their smiling faces flush with renewed optimism and enthusiasm. 

By the time February rolls around, the zeal and cheer have waned, the peppy chatter and bouncing steps replaced by shoulders tensed with stress, eyes red with fatigue, nails anxiously bitten.  

As work projects pile up and inboxes overflow with emails waiting for replies, the duties of the job once again seem arduous and overwhelming.

The longer the to-do list stretches, the more daunting it is to decide which tasks to tackle first.

A list intended to aid productivity can become paralyzing.

Virginia Brown, a board member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Twin Cities (YNPN-TC), has written a constructive blog post  addressing this problem.

Just hired for a new job, Brown found her to-do list — “in two columns and 11-point font” — was three pages long.

“I didn’t know what to do,” she writes, “It was too hard for me to even read to the end, much less decide what I needed to be focused on at that particular moment.”

To undertake her to-do list of epic proportions, Brown used the Time Quadrant Matrix prioitization method developed by Stephen Covey, author of “First Things First.”

Read Brown’s post about the Time Quadrant Matrix tool on the YNPN-TC blog.

Share your strategies for prioritizing tasks and conquering your to-do list in the comment section below.

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