I am currently reading Making Work Work. Ms. Morgenstern suggests starting with the most important tasks, averring that "[y]ou'll always be safe if you start with the task closest to the revenue line." To choose which tasks to do first in evaluating conflicting obligations, she suggests asking the following questions:Originally Posted by Esquire
1. How long will it take?
2. What is the return on investment (ROI)?
3. When is the deadline?
To display her analysis, she made a chart of possible tasks that looked like this:
Task Steps to Revenue Line Time ROI Deadline
Outline book chapter 3 1 3 hrs High Friday
Then she evaluated various tasks in the chart based upon the criteria.
She also suggests using the following four Ds: Delete, Delay, Delegate, Diminish (shortcuts to streamline tasks) and had another column where she specified whether any of the 4 Ds applied.