How to Manage Your Time and Prioritize Your Tasks

Nancy Stampahar
March 4, 2009 — 1,914 views  
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If you think you are working too hard and still unable to complete all the tasks on your various lists, you're probably right. It has become a very common way of working and living in our society today.  Most people are being asked to do more with less - less resources and less training. "Just get it done!" has become the mindset.  This mindset has jeopardized quality and morale at work, and at home.    Applying time management techniques and setting priorities are critical if you want to sustain your performance, and if you want to maintain your sanity.     

What it Takes to Succeed:  

Set Boundaries - if you struggle with saying "no", delegating and being in control, you're probably taking on more than you need to because you have not learned how to take care of yourself by setting boundaries. Your need to be in control to make your life and the lives of others perfect is taking up too much of your time and energy. Letting go of such self-induced pressures, will greatly increase your time and decrease your stress.   

Set Priorities - if you struggle with knowing that your task pile is getting higher and higher, you're probably feeling overwhelmed and procrastinating because you have not learned how to get started on the most important tasks first. The key is to not accept a request as status quo; the key is to ask questions.   Ask the requestor probing questions like:

  • "What is the purpose of this activity?"
  • "What are your desired outcomes?"
  • "What is your timeline?"
  • "Who else needs to be involved in this activity?"
  • "What activity has the highest priority?"

The more you understand and are clear about your priorities, the easier it will be to set boundaries.  The more you understand why you and everyone around you must be perfect, the easier it will be for you to let it go.  It's never too late to take care of you.

Nancy Stampahar


Nancy Stampahar inspires people into action with her enthusiasm and lemons to lemonade wisdom and expertise. She is the author of the 2009 IPPY Award winning self-help, inspirational book, peace, love and lemonade: a recipe to make your life sweeter and a sought-after organizational development consultant, trainer and speaker. Nancy solely owns and directs her business Silver Lining Solutions. She earned her BSBA in human resource management from Robert Morris University, after she decided to make lemonade. She received the 2009 Joe Ott Award from ACHIEVA, which serves people with disabilities in recognition of outstanding vision, volunteer leadership and generosity of spirit.