Write priorities?

Dr. Nancy Wayne

You are a very busy person with a lot of responsibilities at work (not to mention what is going on at home). Everything seems to need your immediate attention. You spread yourself so thin that very little gets done in an efficient and effective manner. You are drowning in work and cannot see a clear path to getting through that ever-increasing To Do List. Sound familiar?

There is a very simple and effective way to prioritize your work – the Prioritization Matrix.

This prioritization approach was first brought to my attention in an article published by Drs. Jeremy Boss and Susan Eckert in Science Magazine in 2004 (1). It turns out that there are a fair number of prioritization matrix templates available, from a fairly complicated set of instructions from the Minnesota Department of Health (2) to fairly simple apps that can be downloaded on your electronic devices (example shown…

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