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

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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  • Find your sweet spot. When you consider taking on a project, see if it aligns with your purpose and the organization's broader goals. Ask yourself if you're the right person with the right skillset.
  • Automate. As your company grows, use automation tools for low-level work. It also allows your employees to make more meaningful contributions.
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