Updated: Jun 11, 2019
Efficiency is doing things right.
Effectiveness is doing the right things.
Your ability to plan and organise your work, in advance, so that you are always working on your highest value tasks determines your success as much as any other factor. To do this effectively, ABCDE method was introduced.
The ABCDE Method for Priorities:
The process of setting short-term priorities begins with a pad of paper and a pen. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by too many things to do and too little time in which to do them, sit down, take a deep breath, and list all those tasks you need to accomplish. Although there is never enough time to do everything, there is always enough time to do the most important things, and to stay with them until they are done right.
Setting Better Priorities:
The best method for setting priorities on your list, once you have determined your major goals or objectives, is the A-B-C-D-E method. You place one of those letters in the margin before each of the tasks on your list before you begin.
“A” stands for “very important” - something you must do. There can be serious negative consequences if you don’t do it.
“B” stands for “important” - something you should do. This is not as important as your ‘A’ tasks. There are only minor negative consequences if it is not completed.
“C” stands for things that are “nice to do” - but which are not as important as ‘A’ or ‘B’ tasks. There are no negative consequences for not completing it.
“D” stands for “delegate” - you can assign this task to someone else who can do the job instead of you.
“E” stands for “eliminate, whenever possible” - you should eliminate every single activity you possibly can, to free up your time.
When you use the A-B-C-D-E method, you can very easily sort out what is important and unimportant. This then will focus your time and attention on those items on your list that are most essential for you to do.
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