I would love to say that I learned really quickly as a teacher how to prioritize what is most important on my to do list. 
This is definitely not the case, and I didn't really seem to learn the prioritizing concept until my fourth year of teaching. 

Before last school year, I had taught for three years and honestly felt as if my job as a teacher was my entire life. I have always been passionate about my job but I began to notice that I was staying later and later after school each day and not making time for activities that I enjoyed outside of work. Going into my fourth year teaching last summer I made taking more time for myself a personal goal, and thus I learned how to prioritize tasks on my to do list. 

I am one of those people who just has to write everything down or I seem to forget. But it also helps me alleviate stress because then everything I need to do is in one place and I know it is manageable once it's on paper. 

The most important question to ask yourself when looking at your to do list is-

"Is it urgent?"

This one question was a game changer for me. If the item wasn't deemed "urgent" then I knew it could wait until tomorrow for me to get to it. 

Now, some of you may be thinking "well, what do you deem as urgent?"
Great question. 

To me, urgent means that the task must be addressed if it could impact someone/something in a short amount of time. For example, responding to a parent. I never want to have a parent wait to hear from me for more than 24 hours. Or an email from my principal. If she is personally reaching out to me, it's probably pretty important. Or if copies need to be ran for a lesson that is tomorrow, then by all means I need to run the copies so I can do my activity. 

An article that I found extremely helpful on this topic can be found here and here

To download my to do list prioritization using the Eisenhower Decision Matrix click the picture below! 


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