There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with crossing an item off of your to-do list. However, many people find it challenging to tackle their lists as a result of disorganization.
Do you prioritize tasks as they present themselves to you? If you create to-do lists but you don’t organize them, you could be selling yourself short. Knowing how to prioritize accordingly is a key to success, especially as a CIO.
Recently, Computer World sat down with Intel CIO Kimberly Stevenson to ask her about how she keeps pace with the rest of the tech world.
As the CIO of Intel, she told the news source that it’s become a priority to get products out into the market more quickly. Another item on her to-do list is to make sure that the company is driving overall sales productivity.
Finally, Stevenson said that she would like to improve the operational performance of Intel as a whole. These three objectives take priority over the many others that she has on her list.
What makes it a priority?
What makes a task a “priority” when everything on your to-do list seems important? This is a question you might be asking yourself, and there are a couple of ways you can organize your list of tasks to make them seem approachable.
First, take a look at your to-dos and genuinely ask yourself, “Does this need to be done right now?” This can help you divide everything into “Must-do” and “Maybe later” categories.
Next, see if you can recruit some assistants. For example, if you have a slew of tasks to complete at work, ask around and see if any of your coworkers can lend a hand.
Finally, give yourself the best chance at staying organized. As an insurance CIO, this might be using your smartphone or another device to keep your tasks on hand in a digital calendar. Perhaps you want to go old school and use a physical agenda book. Regardless, taking this initiative can help you progress in the right direction.