Thank you Jules for your comment. That is indeed an issue when it comes to prioritizing from a pool of items, each seeming equally important.

The way I have succeeded in the past and seen others do as well is:

- Identify the top 1 or 2 things that can help you succeed in the current role

- Identify the top 1 or 2 things that can help take your career to the next growth stage where you aspire to be

- Look at people within the company and community who have a similar background and growth trajectory as yours to identify what were there focus areas

- With the raw list of items, sync up with your peers and manager to get their take on how aligned or vastly different their perception is of the same

- Once you have narrowed down to a common set of items, what to focus on as the top thing would depend on how broad the item on the list is and time available at your disposal

A good way would be to break down into actionable milestones for continuous learning and get better each passing day with something rather than having a vague/ generic list which is pretty widespread and can appear unapproachable from the get-go.

Hope this helps!

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