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#1 Productivity Tip : Understand The Difference Between Urgent And Important.
The important thing for you to understand with this, is that most people focus on the urgent stuff, so they never get anything important done.
If you constantly stay in “urgent” mode you’ll be engaged in activity all the time and feel like you’re busy, but you’re actually just spinning your wheels, like the hamster in the cage.
This is so important for your success because most people stay permanently stuck in “urgent” mode through the whole day. If you stay stuck in “BUSY” and “URGENT” mode, you will constantly be stressed and never get anything done. And, you’ll be exhausted, anxious and depressed because you didn’t accomplish anything meaningful during the day. This will go on and on, you wake up again tomorrow to repeat the process.
To get the important stuff done, you need to:
- Make a list of all the “stuff” you need to get done
- Ask yourself a question about each item on the list: “If I don’t do this today, what happens?” If the answer is some short term pain, then it’s probably urgent.
- Ask yourself another question about each item on the list: “If I don’t do this today, what happens 6 months from today? A year from today? 5 years from today?” If the answer is long term pain or failure, then it’s probably important.
So, do you have to choose between the two and only do one? No! Just make time in your day for BOTH urgent and important tasks. Schedule them and get them done!