Accomplishing Your Goals – Prioritizing

Grand Assembly is coming up soon and every Grand Officer knows they have plenty to do in the next couple of months to prepare. It’s not only the Grand Officers, but also each Assembly member and adult is working on preparing their own personal items, gifts, Assembly items, skits, travel plans, etc. To help you with your task list and goals, I’ll share some tips for goal planning here on the blog for the next few weeks. Hopefully you can find something that will work for you to help you make the most of your time and work smarter, not harder!

Do you ever have so much to do, you end up just doing nothing?

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It’s easy to fall into this, because you’re feeling overwhelmed and you don’t know where to begin. What you need to do is make some sense of all your tasks and organize them. A great way to start is by prioritizing them. Begin by writing down all of your tasks. Some of you already do this (you list-makers!). Here’s an example:

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These are in no particular order, just a sample of what might be a task list for someone right now (although shorter than what many might be).

Once you’ve made your list, you can then start prioritizing. Take the first 2 tasks and decide between them which is more important for you to finish first. Do the same with tasks 3 and 4, then 5 and 6, etc. After you do this, you’ll have a second “tier” of tasks. Now in this tier you’ll decide which is more important between the first 2, then the next pair, etc. You’ll now have another tier to prioritize, and so on until you end up with your top priority. For our example, it could look like this:

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Now you have your top priority and you can work backwards from there to complete your tasks. This helps alleviate the “where do I begin?” overwhelming feeling, that a simple single-level task list cannot.

Of course, you will likely have more on your list than just Rainbow tasks. You may also have work, school, family, personal well-being, or social goals to accomplish (all important aspects of a happy, successful life). I suggest making a task list for each “category” in your life, and allot days and times throughout your week to focus just on one. The amount of time you spend will depend on your attention span and whether you like to spend long, or short periods of time on one thing. Here is what a weekly schedule might look like if you have to-do lists for school, Rainbow, and fitness goals:

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In each allotted time slot, you’ll work through your tiers starting with priority 1. Before you know it, you’ll be checking things off your list and halfway to the finish line!

Next week, there will be more on accomplishing your goals and completing your tasks, but this should be a great place to start. Now go out today, and get something done!

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