December EFAP News: Setting Priorities
As an adult, you have to juggle multiple responsibilities and while some people seem to manage multiple responsibilities with ease, it is by no means an easy task. Here are some tips that may make managing life’s responsibilities a little easier.
First, identify your long-term goals and objectives:
Make a “to-do” list of the five most important tasks for the next day. Consider the most pressing work, family and personal time commitments. On busy days, there may need to be compromise.
Second, set priorities:
Prioritize the items on your new to-do list. As you assign a priority to each item, ask yourself:
- Why am I doing this?
- How does this relate to my goals and objectives?
- How urgent is this task?
- Can anyone else do it?
One way to prioritize is with the ABC method. This method creates three lists:
A. “Must-Do” Items – These essential items often include crucial deadlines, opportunities for success or promotion, management directives or customer requests.
B. “Should-Do” Items – These are items of medium value which do not have critical deadlines. These tasks may contribute to improved performance, but they usually can be postponed temporarily, if necessary.
C. “Nice-to-Do” Items – These items could be eliminated, postponed or scheduled for slower periods.
Items on your A, B and C lists may shift positions over time. Deadlines come and go and important new projects land on your desk. As such it is important to review your priority list regularly to reflect the changing demands on your time. By doing this you will be better able to manage your time and shifting responsibilities.
Wednesday, December 19th
Turning the Table on Bad Habits
Many of us realize that we have habits that are not healthy or helpful, but are unsure how to promote positive, lasting change. This seminar will help you learn to:
- Recognize habits that are negatively impacting your life
- Understand the stages of change
- Identify what stage you are in and when it is best to attempt to make changes
- Be your own coach when making changes
- Develop and maintain positive habits
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