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Brian Tracy Success - Separate Urgent From Important

May 16, 2008
This article is based on another fantastic Brian Tracy Podcast: "21 Great Ways To Double Your Productivity - Number 5."

The first thing to understand is that ALL of your tasks fall into one of four categories:

1. Urgent AND Important Tasks

You can't ignore these tasks because they're right in your face: a pesky phone call, a company meeting, a coworker stopping by to talk about something work-related. Put these off at your own peril.

These are the tasks on which people spend most of their time.

2. Important BUT NOT Urgent Tasks

These task are the most important to get to after the Urgent and Important tasks. Brian Tracy says that these tasks will have the greatest possible long-term consequences in your life.

These tasks include updating your business skills, personal renewal, spending time with your family, and physical fitness and exercise.

Don't put these tasks off for another day. If you want to change your life for the better, work on these now.

Believe me, if you don't do them now, they'll become urgent sooner or later. These are things like a term paper at work; or a report for your boss.

3. Urgent BUT NOT Important Tasks

The tasks in this category include telephone calls, coworkers dropping in, and conversations about TV programs and what you did last night.

Brian Tracy expresses that these tasks will have no effect or negative effects on your success. This is not real work. This is busy work.

The opposite is in reality the truth. These tasks are great time-wasters. In fact, they're often great killers of careers. Don't work on tasks in this arena.

But even these aren't the biggest time-wasters. The biggest time-wasters are:

4. Neither Urgent Nor Important

Don't spend any time on these tasks. They'll produce no results for you. At work, don't read the newspaper, don't surf the internet, and don't call home to chit-chat. You'll be wasting your company's money and your time.

In Summary...

Make sure that you're first working on the "Most Urgent and Important". Then move into the "Important but Not Urgent" Tasks. You increase your productivity by refusing to do things that are not important at all.

You should always be asking yourself: What are the potential long-term potential consequences of doing this task?

When you answer this question, you'll know what to work on.
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