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Don't Let the 'Urgent' Overtake the 'Important'

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/308526

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Don't Let the 'Urgent' Overtake the 'Important'
5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Recently, at our consulting firm, we were scheduled to begin strategy work with a new client. But, the night before our session, he emailed us, asking to postpone the meeting until the next week.

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Urgent Vs Important

Urgent Vs Important

A lot of people make the mistake of turning down important work due to urgent work that comes up suddenly.

A task requiring immediate attention is an urgent task, whereas important tasks are those that when they're done, they will add value to the organization.

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Time-Wasting Tasks

Time-Wasting Tasks

Some tasks are neither urgent nor important, but as these time-wasting tasks are in front of us, we end up consuming our time with them. These include:

  • Browsing social media
  • Reading junk articles and posts
  • Playing distracting games.

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Avoiding Urgent Tasks

Avoiding Urgent Tasks

Urgent tasks are the ones that are not adding any value but come up to be done at that moment. The right approach is to avoid the urgent and focus on the important.

Example: Answering a phone call can seem urgent, due to its ringing, but it may not be that important.

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Urgent And Important Tasks

Urgent And Important Tasks

Many tasks fall into the urgent and important category and have to be prioritized in your to-do list as critical.

Focus on completing these tasks first.

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Neglected And Important Tasks

Neglected And Important Tasks

Tasks that are important but not urgent are the most neglected. These include researching, documenting, planning and organizing.

Set aside time for important tasks, even though they don't appear urgent.

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