What you can do about the urgency effect

What you can do about the urgency effect

Use the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritise your tasks. The matrix is a framework to help you decide what work is really important and what work is not urgent.

  • Block off your most productive 2-4 hours each day and dedicate it to your most important work.
  • Only check your communication apps at specific times of the day instead of responding to the messages as they come in.
  • Give your important tasks a deadline.

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The Mere Urgency Effect

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Mere Urgency Effect - Urgency trumps importance

The effect shows our tendency to prioritise perceived time-sensitive tasks over non-urgent tasks, even if the non-urgent jobs carry greater rewards.

This cognitive bias reveals why we will rather respond to emails at the expense of meaningful work. Moreover, research shows that people who feel generally busy are more likely to fall for the Mere Urgency Effect and are less likely to use their time well.

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THE ART OF SETTING PRIORITIES;THE EISENHOWER MATRIX.
  • An Eisenhower Matrix is a productivity tool and framework that helps to prioritise tasks based on urgency or importance.
  • It is a useful framework to enable a Project Manager to determine which tasks to prioritise in order to complete first and which tasks to defer or delegate.
  • The process included mapping of tasks against the two dimensions of urgency and importance.

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What is Eisenhower Matrix - Definition, Example & History

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We All Tend To Make The Same Mental Mistakes

Economists used to believe that people will always choose the option that maximizes their well-being. But people act against their rational self-interest all the time.

We procrastinate and eat junk food and say yes to the things we don't have time for. Two Israeli psychologists found that we predictably make the same mental mistakes that can be avoided if we are aware of them.

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7 Cognitive Biases That Make Us Suck at Time Management

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The urgency bias

We usually give priority to unimportant tasks when there is a sense of urgency around them.

We’re actually psychologically wired to put aside important tasks in favor of tasks that feel more urgent. But spending our time taking care of urgent tasks can leave us feeling exhausted and unaccomplished.

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How to fight the "urgency bias" (and work towards long-term goals)

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