Usually, that type of thing would add some new, higher-priority work, or
Originally Posted by SiobhanBR
else raise the priorities of some specific work you'd already planned.
It wouldn't usually change the relative priorities of other actions not connected
So, I think pre-prioritizing is still useful: I compare the new action to the
top few priorities I already had, and think "OK, it's more important than any
of these, so I'm confident it's more important than any of the other actions
in my list ... I don't need to read the whole list."
This could be a mistake. Er, here's a bad example. Suppose I had an
action in my list "Before the next time I go to that restaurant, set up a
reminder to myself to watch out for the extra step at the entrance so I
don't trip and fall." And suppose I've put this as a low priority because I
don't expect to go there again for months. But the new email results in
a meeting today at that very restaurant, and I forget all about the step,
trip and fall and have to visit the chiropractor.
On the other hand -- reading over your whole list (and perhaps all
your Someday/Maybe's too) could be a mistake too, because it takes time
at a time when you may need to react quickly to a situation.
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