Like many creatives we have a portfolio career and sometimes using learning from one part of our lives and applying it to our business practice reaps rewards. Today we used a time management technique and created four separate boxes on a sheet of paper and labeled them:
- Important and urgent
- Important and non urgent
- Unimportant and urgent
- Unimportant and non urgent
Then we placed each of the tasks on our huge ‘to do list’ in one of the quartiles.
It was good to remind ourselves that the unimportant and non-urgent tasks need the heave-ho straight away, they sap energy and do not achieve long-term goals. The unimportant and urgent can be delegated or given the absolute minimum of our time.
The important and urgent need attention so we planned an hour of prime time each day next week to get those tasks achieved. And then we left space for the important and non urgent.
Often we are so busy delivering tasks in the first three quartiles that we forget the key to achieving really important long-term goals lies elsewhere, in tasks that inhabit the important and non urgent quartile. In that space the actions to realise new ways of living, new things to see, new ideas to explore lie but because they are non-urgent they can easily be pushed to the back of the mind and other less valuable actions take over.
Time is gently slipping in to the future. Next week maybe we should all sort out the true priorities on our ‘to do’ list and achieve what is important to our long-term goals and our long-term happiness?