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August 08 2022
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How to Use a Priority Matrix?

Anushka Das

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How to Use a Priority Matrix?

The hustling life we lead has us piling up tasks after tasks. We have deadlines for each task and it becomes difficult to handle them. This leads to less productivity and quality of work. A way to handle all the tasks would be by realizing our priorities. Deciding on priorities makes it easier to deal with the tasks and also to concentrate on the important tasks. To help realize your priorities, there is a tool that can help. This tool is called a Priority matrix. 

What is a Priority Matrix?

It is a customizable tool that can be used to categorize critical tasks. Since this tool can be personalized, you can use it as a simple chart or even a complex matrix to help you manage your schedule.

Using a Priority Matrix is useful for sorting out potential and upcoming tasks. The personalization feature of this tool allows you to set your categories and criteria for project selection. It can be used when there are multiple projects to select from. This tool would help you identify the highest priority tasks. It hastens the decision-making process in a simple yet effective way.

Ideal situations to use a priority matrix would be when deciding the order of projects according to deadlines or importance. It also helps in identifying tasks that are redundant and can be canceled. In a broad team project, this tool promotes transparency and accessibility. Team members can work on building it together so that there is consensus regarding the order of items. It's a great team-building activity to create long-term projects and map out assignments. 

How to use a Priority Matrix?

1. Make a list of your potential projects

2. Select your criteria for prioritizing carefully

3. Assign necessary scores to each criterion

4. Analyze the scores and determine the priority index

Broad levels of categorizing tasks could be:

1. High Priority Tasks

These tasks are extremely important and urgent. They require you to work on them immediately. 

2. Medium Priority Tasks

These tasks do not require your urgent attention and response. They can be important tasks, however. These can be put on the schedule accordingly and dealt with when the high-priority tasks are completed. 

3. Low Priority Tasks

These tasks are neither urgent nor important. Instead of spending time and resources working on them, you can assess whether you need to work on them at all. They can either be put on hold or be completely taken off your task list. 

This tool is easy to use and can also be used to delegate tasks. 

1. Choose the Projects: By using the above criteria list, select the projects that need to be tackled. 

2. Keep the Next To-Do List Ready: Be ready with what to do next. 

3. Track the Progress: A great benefit of using a priority matrix is that it helps in tracking progress by assessing your work and your colleagues. 

4. Analyze and Review End Product: It is important to review your result and understand if it's satisfactory. If not, then you can work on getting better. 

This tool is not only for personal use, it's extremely effective in a professional scenario as well. Most organizations find it difficult to deal with a high number of projects, a priority matrix lays down everything in front of the team. It's easily customizable, can be updated, and is easy to understand. Adopt this tool to decide on your next set of projects!