How often do you feel like you have nothing to do but actually you have plenty of tasks at hand?
I was thinking for a while. There were a couple of things that I absolutely had to do but when I was thinking about them, I could never thought of them. Instead I was wasting time in doing something else which was not so important.
Many a times, it happened that I was doing a task that I was supposed to do but couldn’t complete it because of external distractions. They can be anything.. Let’s say your boss offered you to urgently do something else, your cellphone rang, you had to go somewhere urgently. There are many possibilities.
I will write many things on this topic which will come in parts but for this post, I would like to discuss about one important principal called Eisenhower’s Principle. By applying this, you would definitely be less busy and more productive which will help you grow personally and professionally as well.
The principal basically focus on two terms: Urgent and Important
Urgent: Tasks/Activities which require your immediate attention and not doing it might have bad consequences.
Important: Tasks/Activities which should be completed in order to help you grow.
How to use this principle:
You can simply make a to-do list of all the activities that comes to your mind. Always have a habit of noting it down. I prefer writing them in my cellphone(sticky notes).
Once you have all the tasks in front, you can analyze each of them.
You can divide each of them in two catagories-low and high for both urgent and important. The picture above is self-explanatory.
Tasks which have both urgent and important tagged as high, you should start doing it without giving it a second thought.
Tasks which are important but not urgent should be be scheduled next after first category of tasks.
Tasks which are urgent but not important, you might want to delegate them or do it when you have a free time on your schedule.
Tasks which are not urgent or important, are not even tasks, they were just distractions. You can save them for later when they become important enough.
I think this will give you a better idea. Many of you might already know about the principle. I just thought of sharing it to those who don’t.
PS: Let me know if you think this will make things better for you in the comments. More on this topic will come on my next posts.