|Bouchard 101: Priorities|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "The Bouchard 101", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
When the toilet paper roll is empty, you change it. When the refrigerator is empty, you go shopping. Some things are easily identified as urgent.
But, it is not always so simple. Some work days feature an exhausting collection of tasks. No matter how hard you try, the jobs keep piling up.
When this happens, prioritization works wonders. Jobs that have to be done immediately get shoved to the top of the to-do list. Less urgent jobs are relegated lower. This is not rocket science. It is common sense. But do we all think in the same terms? Would we execute the tasks in the same way? Here is a way to find out:
Rank the following tasks in order of importance by listing a number in the box to the left of the task. The lower the number, the higher the priority. For example, number 1 means that the job must be done first. There can be no ties. There can be no duplicate numbers. If two tasks are close in urgency, they must still be ranked with different numbers. There is no denying it: Prioritization makes the work day easier. No two tasks are exactly alike, but they may have similar rankings in importance. In corrections, the imminence of a task must often be made in a lightning-fast manner.
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014”. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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