Priorities - Do you know the 4 quadrants about important and urgent tasks?

Last updated by Brady Stroud [SSW] 14 days ago.See history

Most people do the urgent stuff and then have less time for the important stuff. Let's say you receive 2 emails... one email to fix your timesheets and another to change the logo on the home page. How do you work out what is more important?

There is a well-known quadrant where people look at where they spend their time. The key is to reduce burning time on 'urgent and not important' stuff (e.g. most notifications on your phone and most Teams calls) and spend time on the important stuff that is not urgent (e.g. stuff at the top of our backlog).

7 habits decision making matrix
Figure: The decision-making 4 quadrants

Image: Davidjcmorris, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

More info: Urgent VS Important

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