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Focus is as simple as your ABC

By Ralph Varcoe

April 29, 2020

productivity hacks

1.7   Use Your Alphabet

Productivity hack no.7 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.


In this productivity hack we'll look at how to use your alphabet to prioritise tasks.


Another way of looking at your tasks is to use your ABCDE.

It’s really simple. Rank the tasks according to the below categories:

  • A tasks = The most important
  • B tasks = The second most important
  • C tasks = The third most important
  • D tasks = Delegate
  • E tasks = Eliminate

D tasks are equivalent to Not Important but Urgent. E tasks are equivalent to Not Important and Not Urgent. Your As are likely to be your Important and Urgents. And the BCs are a two tier list for the area you want to spend most of your time in.

Personally I find this approach less useful than the Eisenhower methodology as that forces you to think hard about the importance and the urgency and then categorise.

But if this approach works for you, use it. It’s all about what makes you more effective and keeps you focused on your goals.

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Ralph Varcoe

About the author

For over 20 years, Ralph has run sales and marketing teams across large enterprises and smaller start-ups, at companies such as Orange, Tata Communications, Virgin Media, Spirit Ai and others. He brings a wealth of experience in personal and professional development with a laser focus on enabling people to achieve more than they thought possible. He's a published author and musician with a passion for creating - be that change, the right solution, exciting campaigns, the right environment for customers to succeed, or podcasts, videos and written content.

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