Urgent vs Important

Friday 21 February 2003 at 06:41

In the last year of my bachelor's degree, Ray McCall said something that's stuck with me: the trick in life is keeping what's urgent from taking priority over what's important. Bob's comments on Urgent and Important axes is a more refined picture:

I think the key to managing time effectively is finding the things that are both urgent and important and doing those. Defer the items that aren't urgent and important. I find I have the most mental stability when I accomplish things in the following priority order:
  1. Urgent and important
  2. Important
  3. Urgent
  4. Luxury