Leaders know that if a task does not lead to valuable results then it is a waste of time. Leaders should only work on what is most important. Even if a leader is doing something great, if it is not in their key results area, it is a waste of time. To prioritize, leaders can ask themselves four questions:
- What things contribute the most to the organization?
- What are the key result areas that should be focused on?
- What is it that only the leader can do?
- What is the most effective use of time?
Leaders can use the ABCDE method to help them prioritize tasks:
*The most important tasks are labeled “A” and get done first.
*Tasks labeled “B” should be done, but are not the most important.
*”C” is for tasks that would be nice to complete.
*Tasks that can be delegated to others, are labeled “D.”
*Any tasks labeled “E” need to be eliminated.