Chapter 26. Good Prioritizing Means Factoring Urgency Against Importance

Do you find yourself having to rush around to fix problem after problem? Are you always fighting fires, so that you never have time to focus on the really big issues on your list? The obvious answer, and it’s nothing revolutionary, is to prioritize your workload: Make clear choices about what to do in what order. However, effective prioritizing is easier said than done.

Good prioritizing requires an understanding of the interplay between urgency and importance. At first glance, many of the tasks you face each day may seem equally urgent and important. Yet, on closer inspection, you’ll realize that some urgent ones are really not that important. Likewise, the things that are ...

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