When you have a lot to do, you may feel unsure what to tackle first. Considering these 4 criteria may help. Consider your circumstances first. In a meeting? It may not be the best time to return phone calls or respond to emails. Next, think about how much time you have to work with. If your morning is free, you may want to tackle a large project. But if you have a meeting in 15 minutes, pick a task you can accomplish quickly. Next, what’s your energy level like? If you feel refreshed, you may want to tackle a difficult task. But if you feel tired, you may want to choose a task that you can accomplish easily. Finally, think through your priorities. Of the tasks that it would make sense for you do—given your circumstances, time, and energy—which one takes precedence? Tackle the one that’s the highest priority first. Using these criteria can help you tackle your tasks with less stress.