For over ten years, I’ve been obsessed with lists. I make lists for everything from books to work. But let’s face it: these lists can get unruly and balancing the priorities of a busy life is, well, hard. The busier you are, the less time you have to make good decisions. This is where a prioritization tool can help.
A few years ago I implemented a queue for a customer support team that automatically prioritized tickets based on a set of business criteria. Since then, I have used the same methodology with other teams and applied it to my own to-do lists. The result is a clear set of priorities backed by business-driven motivations.
I’ve made a template to enable a diverse set of people to apply this prioritization tool. Founders (typically) take on too much without knowing how or when to delegate; Managers have the challenge of keeping priorities across team members straight; And Individual Contributors need to justify doing one urgent task before another.
No matter what, everyone wants to know what to work on next without spending more time on the decision than the actual task.