This week’s focus:
Importance trumps urgency
Last week we explored the difference between managing your time and letting time manage you. So, how do we do this?
The most important thing to remember is that we need to focus on what is most important, not what is most urgent. After all, it is unlikely that we will get around to everything we want to do during our lifetimes, so best we do the most important things while we are alive and leave the less important.
But what do we mean by “important”? “Important” refers to those things that will take us closer to the achievement of our goals. If we keep focusing on those things, rather than other things, the more likely we are to achieve our goals, right!
The problem is that some things get so urgent that they appear to be important. Be clear on this, urgency does not equal importance (unless, of course, it is important – something that takes you closer to your goals – AND urgent!).
So, important trumps urgent, and most important trumps less important! The more this becomes non-negotiable in your life, the better you will find you are managing your time.