Webster’s Dictionary defines Important as marked by or indicative of significant worth. In last month’s series we spoke about urgent tasks and now here comes important. Last month I talked about Urgent tasks, and those are the “put out the damn fire” task items. Important tasks for me are those pesky “I gotta do this” to do’s.
For instance, I have four phone calls to make this week. I would add them to my planner but with no red star to signify urgency. Don’t get me wrong here, these are items that have to be completed this week. If I find that I’m simply procrastinating, I can quickly turn these over to the Urgent side with simple red star.
Again, I have to say that determining what is urgent and important will be up to you and your needs. This exercise is individual driven but I think it lightens the load a little when you seem to have days when you have a flare and you can pop open the planner to see if there is anything requires your attention.
This has become a huge help to me as many of my plans often go astray. I just want to be able to know that before I crash out on my lovely bed, I’ve taken care of what needs to be done.
What do you consider Urgent versus Important? Share your thoughts in the comments below