Well, here I go again on the topic of re-grouping, but this time from a different angle..... Since re-grouping involves analysing, prioritising and attacking that which has been prioritised, it is important that people in the workplace know how to prioritise. This question gets asked frequently - often by people with a trying to "catch you out" slant. Probably the most frequent question around prioritising is this - "what if there are two items of the same priority, which one do you do first?".........Well, the way I see it is this, the following question needs to be asked and strictly answered - "If I don't do it, what will the conseqences be?" Obviously if they are then still on the same level of importance, you need to get yourself together and do both tasks, post haste.
Using the "TRAFFIC LIGHT" symbol as a benchmark for prioritising, prioritising becomes a little more simple.
RED = MUST DO IMMEDIATELY
ORANGE = COMING UP TO HIGH PRIORITY
GREEN = NOT QUITE READY FOR ORANGE YET
There is a simple rule to follow so that prioritising is not so pressurised and that is:
NEVER HAVE MORE THAN 3 ITEMS ON YOUR "MUST DO" LIST AT ONE TIME. When you have finished one high priority item bring one up from the "orange" group.
Never panic, as the pilots say "if you panic you die". Stay focused and use the TRAFFIC LIGHT....