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Making Important Things Urgent

  • December 3, 2018
  • Written by Meridian Admin

We can classify things or activities as being Important and Not Important. Likewise, we can categorize these as being of an Urgent or Not Urgent nature.

When things are important and urgent, we know it is imperative that we deal with them quickly. Somehow, they are viewed as a crisis or the immediacy is due to an imposed deadline or time constraint. Whatever the reason, the urgency and importance are clear to us. We are required to take swift and immediate action. We sense there are consequences if we don’t attend to them sooner rather than later.

On the other hand, there are things that we also see as important without feeling a real sense of urgency. Yes, we need to deal with them, but time is not of the essence. There is no crisis or looming deadline because that deadline is in the future, not in the present.

“You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Author

Too often in our daily lives, the urgent overrides the non-urgent. And in many cases, we are distracted by the urgent and not important. That is, we become busy with doing things that don’t really matter to us in the long run. To ensure that we focus on the important things, we must ask ourselves the questions that lead us to deciding what those important things truly are.

If these important and non-urgent items on our “list” are truly imperative to our success in achieving a desired outcome or goal, then how do we elevate them to taking priority over other urgent matters that may not be as important? How do we create the sense of urgency to ensure they get done?

Here are a number of questions that may help us create that sense of urgency to drive us forward and keep us motivated to accomplish important goals in our business and life.

  • What is the desired outcome we wish to achieve? What are the intermediate steps to be taken? It is important to think clearly about the outcome, plan for its implementation and set priorities.
  • What is our deadline for this outcome? What do we need to do each day? How do we ensure we keep mindful of the outcome? Setting a deadline, as if it was imposed upon us, and then working towards it on a daily basis will increase our chances of success.
  • How do we celebrate the small successes of each of the steps? Ensuring that we recognize and acknowledge the accomplishment of the small steps, will further increase our chances of success and of achieving the outcome.

Finding a way to ensure that the important and not urgent things in our life receive our attention is guaranteed by creating a sense of urgency and working as if there is a looming deadline or a crisis.

“Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.”  Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker

Paul Abra

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