4 Tips on Prioritizing Tasks

While reading through my Handbook to Leadership bible by Ken Boa, I came across some excellent tips on time management and priorities from one of the gurus of leadership – Peter Drucker. Going into 2018, these tips will be useful for anyone, regardless of business or position:

There are always more tasks for today than there is time to do them and more opportunities than there are capable people to take care of them – not to mention the always abundant problems and crisis. Drucker urges leaders to determine which tasks deserve priority rather than allowing the pressures to make the decision. How can leaders make such choices? Here are some Drucker guidelines to review:

  1. Pick the future over the past
  2. Focus on opportunities rather than problems
  3. Choose your own direction rather than climbing on the bandwagon
  4. Aim high for something that will make a difference, rather than something that is safe and easy

While choosing our priorities rather than allowing the outside pressures to choose them is important in the marketplace, it’s also crucial in the spiritual arena. God had harsh words for the ancient religious, military, and financial leaders who boasted about their wisdom, strength, and wealth. Their arrogant words revealed that their priorities were out of order. Perhaps they had allowed the pressures of their world to dictate their focus

– Kenneth Boa, Handbook to Leadership

This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.
— Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

I hope this is helpful to you as you embark on another year of activity coming your way.


Paul’s diverse background as a successful corporate executive, business owner, men’s ministry pastor and published author gives him a well-balanced and robust set of experiences to draw from as he mentors and develops Christian business leaders in his role as a Convene Chair in Newport Beach, CA.