When you set priorities, there are usually other factors involved besides what goes on your own world. You may need help or outside resources to get tasks completed or move them forward consistently. These outside factors may influence the level of priority that you give to certain tasks, so they need to be considered.
For example, imagine that you’re an independent consultant. You have one job due in two days and one job due in one week. It makes sense to make the two-days job your first priority. But for the one-week job, you need the client’s approval on something before you can move forward. In this case, you may want to make getting that client’s approval a higher priority than the two-day job. Remember, things may appear one way on the surface until you consider those outside factors that could potentially cause a log jam or just bring everything to a halt.« Continue »