The ABCDE Method

The more thought you invest into setting priorities before you begin a task, the faster you will get the important things done. The more important and valuable the task is to you, the more motivated you are to overcome procrastination and launch yourself into the job.

The ABCDE Method is a priority setting technique that starts with a list of everything you have to do for the coming day. Once you have a list of all of the tasks you must complete, start the ABCDE method.

“A” Items Are Most Important. This is something that you must do. If you have more than one “A” task, you prioritize these tasks by writing A-1, A-2, A-3, and so on in front of each item.

“B” Items Only Have Minor Consequences. A “B” item is defined as a task that you should do. But it only has mild consequences. The rule is that you should never do a B task when there is an A task left undone.

“C” Tasks Have No Consequences. A “C” task is something that would be nice to do, but for which there are no consequences at all, whether you do it or not.  As a rule, you can never complete a C task when there are B or A tasks left undone.

“D” for Delegate. A “D” activity is something that you can delegate to someone else. This frees up more time for you to engage in your A activities. Your A tasks and their completion, largely determine the entire course of your career.

“E” for Eliminate. An E activity is something that you should eliminate altogether. After all, you can only get your time under control if you stop doing things that are no longer necessary for you to do.

Make a rule for yourself to never do anything that isn’t on your list. If a new task or project comes up, write it down on your list and set a priority for it before you start work on it. If you react and respond to the nonstop demands on your time, you will quickly lose control of your day. You end up spending most of your time on activities of low or no value.

Summing-up: The first law of success is concentration – to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right or to the left.

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