Writing Wisdom...In Pairs (Part 2 of 3) Prioritize and Focus (One Task at a Time)

“The shorter way to do many things is to only do one thing at a time.”

-Mozart, Composer

Mozart was right. Everyone has just so much time and time is the coin of the realm of our human


A professional organizer I once consulted, exhorted me to write a prioritized list of things I had to do so

that I could maximize my bandwidth. She said to concentrate on the top three items, but do only one

task at a time. The rest of the tasks will often fall into place, she said, and if they don’t, they probably

aren’t pressing.

For a cool time management matrix you can use to refine prioritization skills, check out the Eisenhower-

Covey Matrix:


On a side note, be sure to read your list–the entire list. That may seem obvious, but I sheepishly mention

it having failed to do so myself. I recall having written a shopping list that I didn’t bother to look at while

out on errands and missed getting an important item. That’s a crime against time you don’t need.

See part III for the rest of “Writing Wisdom…in Pairs”.

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Barbara Klide