Making Time for Long-Term Goals: How to Turn the Important Into the Urgent
You can spend some of your time answering to the demands of others, there's nothing wrong with that. When we spend our whole day, however, running from request to request without taking care of our own long-term goals, we can feel like we're not moving forward. That's why it's so necessary to make the distinction between tasks that are urgent and tasks that are important.
Urgent tasks require action immediately. Important tasks contribute to our long-term goals. Now, with these two criteria in mind it's easy to figure out which task goes where. Either something is important but not urgent, urgent but not important, both urgent and important, or neither. Urgent items always find their way onto the calendar, but important tasks have a hard time carving out a block of time for themselves. Usually an important task can wait. To find out how you can make sure your important tasks get done and make progress where it really matters read about the Eisenhower Decision Matrix on 99u.