“What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower
Can you relate to that? We can. One of the greatest challenges when it comes to time management is distinguishing between what is “urgent” versus what is merely “important,” and planning the work accordingly.
You can use this urgent-vs.-important matrix and the accompanying time-management tips to help prioritize your work and maximize your working potential.
Here are some examples for how to categorize topics within the matrix:
- Important Goals: Building relationships, planning, long-term goals
- Critical Activities: Crises, deadlines, problems.
- Interruptions: Meetings, special requests/favors.
- Distractions: Time wasters, recreational activities.