In the words of William Matthews, \u201cThe first law of success is concentration \u2013 to bend all the energies into one point, and to go directly to that point, without looking left or right.\u201d A human mind can be distracted pretty easily and as new things keep coming in our lives, it\u2019s natural for us to get overwhelmed with new ideas and set our priorities incorrectly. If you want to bring change to your life, it's important to know what's most valuable to you. In short, it\u2019s about setting your priorities correctly. But, how do you do that?\r\n\r\nHere, we will talk about the simple, time-management method for setting priorities, the ABCDE method. It\u2019s a powerful priority setting technique that you can use every day, even for your routine tasks. All you have to do is simply make a list of your tasks and assign them to the following letters.\r\n\u201cA\u201d items are must do tasks\r\n\r\n \tToo critical to ignore\r\n \tCould have serious consequences if you fail to deliver\r\n\r\nFor example, what will be the consequences if you fail to complete a report that your manager needs for an important upcoming meeting?\r\n\r\nIf you have more than one \u201cA\u201d task, you can prioritize them by naming them A1, A2, and so on. Here, A1 would be your highest priority.\r\n\u201cB\u201d items are should do tasks\r\n\r\n \tTasks you should do but those which have mild consequences in case you fail to complete them\r\n \tDon\u2019t have a critical deadline\r\n \tCan usually be postponed if necessary\r\n \tLead to improved performances\r\n\r\nThe rule is that you should not start with a \u2018B\u2019 task when there is an \u2018A\u2019 task left undone.\r\n\u201cC\u201d items are nice to do tasks\r\n\r\n \tThey are nice to perform\r\n \tDon\u2019t have as critical deadlines as tasks \u2018A\u2019 and \u2018B\u2019\r\n \tHave no consequences if not delivered\r\n\r\nAs a rule, you should not start with or complete task \u2018C\u2019 when your \u2018A\u2019 and \u2018B\u2019 tasks are still pending.\r\n\u201cD\u201d items are tasks to delegate\r\n\r\n \tCan be delegated to someone else if they are better at doing them\r\n \tLead to focus on tasks one is uniquely good at\r\n\r\nThe rule is that you should delegate as much as possible. Firstly, it frees up your time to focus on tasks \u2018A\u2019 that are more important, and secondly, it lets you empower your team to take up important work independently.\r\n\u201cE\u201d items are tasks to eliminate\r\n\r\n \tEssentially irrelevant tasks\r\n \tOne often spends too much time on them\r\n \tNot important in the bigger picture\r\n\r\nAfter all, you can only get your time to do important things in life when you put a complete stop to things that are no longer necessary for you to do.\r\n\r\nReview your tasks right now and put them in the A, B, C, D, or E category according to the priority and importance. Select your A1 task and start working on that immediately. Jump to less relevant tasks in the list only when you successfully accomplish your \u2018A\u2019 tasks. Practice this ABCDE Method every day for a month and see how it goes. Let us know how you do!