Do you differentiate between what is urgent and what is important? To answer this question, let me give you an example. You prepare a good meeting with your family to celebrate an event. You also consider the relationship with your family as an important dimension of your personal achievement. You invest so much effort to make the meal a success.
During the evening, everything is fine, but the phone rings. You respond immediately and you leave your company for twenty minutes to respond to what the person at the other end asks.
This example illustrates the difference between urgency and importance. What was really important activity? To spend quality time with your family. What was the apparently urgent activity that made you lose the time you spend with your family? The fact of answering the phone.
Of course, this example is one of one’s personal life. But I’m sure you can find many other examples where you react to situations that seem urgent that in fact waste your time better spent on more important activities. If you do not know the difference between urgency and importance, you are probably wasting a lot of effort and get fewer results.
Here are two definitions that will help clarify this. An important activity is an activity that has important consequences, whether positive or negative, and whether you realize it or not.
In contrast, an activity only seems urgent – such as when the phone rings – but the fact of the conduct does not necessarily imply important consequences. This subject is well known in time management, but still useful.
Here are 5 Ways to Do More Effectively What is Important
1. Take action immediately and finish all of your projects one after the other. You know that every action you do isn’t directed towards climbing a high mountain. That’s why your personal achievement should not remain just wishful thinking! Move as quickly as possible, what the hell! A little trick to avoid procrastination is to do your activities as they happen, as they are especially urgent and important. What will be the result? You’ll have less distinct projects to manage, less information that weigh you down, and more results.
2. Learn to learn. You can invest in your body by exercising and feeding yourself well, but you can also invest in your mind. The world is changing faster and faster. In this context, watching TV or reading the newspaper is becoming less useful. Try to spend one hour each day to learn in greater depth in an area that interests you. Reading on a topic relevant to the achievement of your goals is a good example of this type of learning.
3. Always keep your goals in mind. To guide your actions, you should always remember your goals. Take a few minutes each day to proofread and revise your goals. Write them using verbs in the present, this will help you imagine yourself achieving them.
4. Live in good conscience with yourself. To know and to grow, listen carefully to each message that life sends you. Whenever possible, ask if you have a question after each of your experiences; after your successes and your failures. These questions will help you know what to keep and what to do differently to improve your life.
5. And above all, make your continuous improvement not only a priority but a personal and irrevocable commitment. Decide once and for all to achieve each goal you set for yourself. In this context, failures will be learning opportunities!