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Productivity hacks are nice, but mastering prioritization is nicer.

Coach Tony
Coach Tony
We obsess with productivity instead of focusing on priority. Productivity is trying to be the world’s fastest typist. Priority is trying to be the world’s best writer. ~ Chris Hladczuk
That quote has me thinking about deciding what to work on. It’s not an easy topic.
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#1. Is it a priority that you do it yourself?
The lesson I’ve learned about having a virtual assistant is that you need to make it a habit to use them. But then, if you make that investment, there are dozens of things they can do for you. 
When I am prioritizing, the first question I ask is whether something needs to be done at all. Then the second is whether someone else could do it. 
If you are thinking about a virtual assistant, try looking through Nick Gray’s examples of real tasks he’s given to his assistant. Then read our tutorial on hiring an assistant.
And if you are someone who lives in email, Patrick Ewersinbox shadowing tutorial is specific to delegating most of your inbox.
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#2. Don’t hoard work!
If you are a manager or team lead, here is what to monitor to make sure you are delegating enough.
You may not realize that you’re unnecessarily hoarding work. There are warning signs, however. “A classic sign of insufficient delegation is that you are working long hours and feel totally indispensable, while your staff isn’t terribly energized and keeps strangely regular hours,” says Walker. You may also feel that your team doesn’t take ownership over projects and that you’re the only one that cares. If they use phrases like, “I’m happy to help you with this,” it may be an indication that you’re doling out tasks, not handing over responsibility.
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#3. New term: FOBO.
FOBO means Fear of Better Options and it’s a way that people avoid making decisions. Here’s how that plays out:
A branch of psychology research divides people into two categories: minimizers, also known as “satisficers”, who search until they find an option that’s good enough to meet all their criteria, and then stop; and maximizers, who want to find the very best option available.
Those in the latter group tend to be FOBO-prone. “Maximizers can end up potentially having lots of regret and a negative emotion that comes from a comparison of the things they didn’t choose,” says psychologist Ellen Peters.
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