My current prioritization model. Inspired by someone’s “Hierarchy of Nah” that I was told about earlier this year.
When faced with a task, ask:
- Could I just not do it?
What are the consequences if I don’t do it? What are the gains?
- And it’s a one-off task:
Is it a question I can someone in my immediate network (e.g. via Facebook)?
Can I delegate it (to my existing team)?
Can I outsource it? (Using less time than it would take for me to do it myself?)
If not, why not? (safety check)
OK, then do it myself.
- Or if it’s a repetitive task:
Can I get it automated via delegation / outsourcing?
If not, can I automate it?
OK, then do it, but figure out how to operationalize it (minimize effort every time I need to do it)