How to Prioritize Tasks in Outlook

By Filonia LeChat

Make sure you know which items to do first in Outlook.
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Choosing which employee to assign to which project or how much of your own time you’ll dedicate isn’t where your task planning ends. You’ll also want to let your direct reports know how much of a priority their work tasks are so that they can triage their plans. Use Microsoft Outlook to create, assign and prioritize tasks and manage exactly where the time in each day goes.

A Tisket, A Task-et

Open an existing task or create a new one from Outlook’s “New” menu. By default, tasks are assigned “Normal” priority. To change this, click the "Priority" drop-down menu and choose either "Low" or "High." Save the task and the new priority will show in the Outlook preview pane. You may also sort the tasks window by priority type by clicking the Priority field header in the tasks window, which lets you see just how many tasks of each priority category there are.

Priority Planning

Prioritizing tasks may take several routes. You may want to prioritize what’s due first as the highest priority and long-term tasks with no deadlines as low priority. You may also want to check employees’ schedules as you plan for prioritizing, and give someone with less work on his plate some of your more high priority tasks.