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Urgent Important Matrix
I read Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits” when it came out in the 90s and found the Urgent/Important Matrix very useful when dealing with competing priorities. I drew the matrix on a piece of paper and pinned it to the board in my cubicle. After a while my colleagues and boss got used to my pointing to it whenever they dropped by with something new to add to my long list. It worked like a charm, a charm that warded off trivial busyness.

Today I don’t have to rate everything on my to-do list but I haven’t forgotten the method I learnt from Covey. I would give each task or issue a rating from 1 to 5 on the ‘important’ scale and then assess how urgent the high scoring activities were. Once I had the discipline internalised I no longer needed the matrix.

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