Friday, May 11, 2007

Take the Priority 3 Challenge

Carolyn Manning hosted a fantastic international virtual conference today. If you would like to read what everyone had to say, go on over to Thoughts and Philosophies and browse through all the comments.

I was very honored to have hosted the 5 pm EST hour. My topic was Prioritizing Before You Go Crazy. I almost did go crazy today but it wasn’t for lack of prioritizing. For some reason I was challenged with technical difficulties that kept preventing me from commenting. I think I stomped in on Jessica Doyle and Bes Zain , The Reasoner, with my technical woes. Thank you for your understanding.

I was having a great deal of difficulty in trying to get a hold of Carolyn so I used the back door by going over to Rick Cockrum’s blog, Shards of Consciousness, and asked him to post a message for me. Thank You Rick!

To make a long story short, I was finally able to get into Carolyn’s comment section and as long as I didn’t touch any buttons and stayed put, I was able to submit my comments. Whew!

Now the Challenge

If you’re like me you may have about 20 things on your list and can’t seem to get many of them done because you try to do them all at once. I have the misconception that all my tasks deserve to be listed as #1. (Doesn’t this sound like the inability to say no?) Since that is impossible, I would like to put out a Prioritize 3 Challenge. Here is how it works:

Pick 3 tasks from your list and prioritize them in order of importance to you. Your challenge, if you choose to accept, will be to complete the top 3 tasks in the order you listed. Let me know how it works for you. This is totally on the honor system.

I’ll start it off. Three of the things I need to do or want to do or must do are; Go to the gym (exercise is very important), File the mail (I have 3 days worth on my desk, what’s another day?), Continue research for my book (this is time consuming). I placed them in this order: 1) gym, 2) filing, 3) research. I will report tomorrow night to let you know how well or how badly I did.
Write it down,


  1. Hi Carma,

    You didn't stomp on anyone in my view, so don't worry. I am just sorry that you had to expect those difficulties, even though in my view your sessions was much better than mine.

    Ok: three important things I have to do [cannot be ignored, and have to be finished within the next 6 days or so] are:

    buy some clothes
    make copies of something at fedex kinkos and mail them
    get rid of a few things via local classifieds ads

    They might take a few days to finish [because of many other things to do also], so I will come back when they are done. The order I put them in is as follows:

    1 : Buy clothes [today or tomorrow night]
    2 : Make copies and mail stuff via FedEx kinkos [tomorrow]
    3 : get rid of stuff via classifieds [by this thursday]

    Thanks again for the creative challenge. :)

  2. Hi Bes,
    Thank you for your kind words.

    Your challenge is a good one. I like the idea that you gave yourself a little more time than I did. That was a wise decision.

    I tend to restrict myself too much. In other words, I set myself up for failure.