If you manage a small business, prioritizing your work tasks is absolutely essential. Any manager in a small business has a never-ending and ever evolving ‘to-do’ list. Identifying the most important jobs to get done can sometimes be as challenging as actually executing them. A simple business practice used by the late Steve Jobs can be easily modified to structure a regular review of your ‘to-do’ list.
Jobs would ask his top people to submit a list of 10 things they needed to get done. Once their list was completed he would tell them they could only do 3 of the tasks. By doing so Jobs ensured his employees wouldn’t get lost in an endless list of work to get done, but focus on the 3 tasks that were absolutely necessary to get ticked off.
This simple practice provides a fantastic tool to evaluate your current work requirement situation regularly. It may be a weekly or daily ritual (regularity will vary based on the complexity of the tasks you are working on) but put aside 5 minutes to review your ‘to-do’ list, highlight your 3 key tasks to complete and make these your focus until there is a tick beside each. Repeat! You’ll be surprised how a simple structure around getting things done can increase efficiency dramatically. It’s also incredibly rewarding to find yourself completing work far more promptly.