Do you seem to spend most of your time putting out fires? If your day is consumed by responding to crisis, questions and other disruptive activities it’s time to plan and prioritize.
- Urgent tasks are usually reactive and don’t help us work towards our goals.
- Important tasks get you closer to accomplishing your agenda.
- Can the urgent matter be delegated?
- Plan your day knowing that urgent matters arise, and block off time for "issues".
Interruptions are never-ending. Choose what you respond to by asking yourself, does this need to be done now and if not, can I schedule it in my day, and what can I do next time to avoid this fire?