Which of your tasks are important? Important tasks are key to longer-term business sustainability, customer, and team satisfaction and growth. Consider which of these important tasks are urgent and which ones aren’t. Tasks which are important and urgent may be key meetings for you to attend for your boss, crises/accidents/incidents, and things that really do need attention and can’t wait, at least without a significant business impact.
Stephen Covey asserts we should spend our time in Quadrant Two, or those areas which are important and are not urgent. Important and not urgent issues are things like building relationships, planning, and team development time. Over time these fundamental important and not urgent issues build our base.
If we spend our time always working on important and urgent issues (the fires) we may find that we burn out or, even worse, will not be addressing important issues.
You can read more about Covey’s Urgent/Important Matrix online. As an activity, you and/or your team may want to consider all activities in the Urgent/Important Matrix.”
I hope you will take some time to use the Urgent/Important Matrix download here to support you in your planning.
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