Task Prioritization and Time Management – John Maxwell Style

A simple spreadsheet anyone can use to prioritize their tasks or workload and thereby prioritize their time. This is based on a model suggested by John Maxwell.

Spreadsheet for prioritizing your tasks and managing your timeHow to Manage Your Time

We all wish we had more time in the day. However, the reality is we must all complete everything in the same 24 hour period as our friends, family, colleagues and competitors.

In a recent post on his leadership blog, John Maxwell wrote about this shared limitation of available time. What distinguishes the most successful people, he suggests, is how they prioritize their tasks to make the best use of their time.  In fact, Maxwell provided a simple but effective formula for prioritizing tasks to make the best use of  time. This approach is similar to formulas I’ve used to prioritize business requirements on projects. Therefore, I created a spreadsheet to leverage John’s formula and provide a tool for prioritizing tasks. You can download a copy of the spreadsheet here by simply clicking on the appropriate version below:

Prioritization Tool

I encourage you to read John’s “Don’t Manage Your Time, Manage Your Life!” post yourself. Then, you can either use this spreadsheet or find your own solution for prioritizing tasks.

Question: Did you try this spreadsheet or another formula or tool to prioritize your tasks? What works for you?


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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

3 thoughts on “Task Prioritization and Time Management – John Maxwell Style”

  1. An interesting prioritization scheme, and the spreadsheet’s a very nice addition. Thanks for sharing this!

    One minor suggestion though – perhaps a link in the spreadsheet itself to both this article and the original post for anyone who might receive the spreadsheet from a friend.

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