How to Prioritize Tasks in Outlook
By Filonia LeChat
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.
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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.
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.
Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.