#004 – Slaves to the Tyranny of the Urgent: The Constant Battle Between the Important and the Urgent

In our pursuit of balancing the compass and the clock … the important vs the urgent … there is a need to understand how to process the urgent matters.  Urgent matters force themselves on us constantly.

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Urgent matters can so force themselves on us, that they can be a “tyrant” in our lives.  There is little we can do about that.  However, how we respond to them is our choice.  And as such, you can choose to be a slave to the urgent, or you can declare your independence.

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In this episode, I share on the following topics:

  • The things in life that push urgency on us
  • Technology: friend or foe?
  • Why we secretly love the urgent
  • The Urgency Test … a 16 item test to determine the impact of urgency in your life
  • The 4 quadrants as Star Wars characters

I also share 7 Action Steps you can put into place to start downsizing the impact of urgency in your life:

  1. Write down your feelings when you think of the word “urgency” and “important.”
  2. List some sample activities in all 4 quadrants.
  3. Rob from Quadrant III and IV to feed Quadrant II.
  4. Learn a new identity.
  5. Consider outsourcing.
  6. Realize that Quadrant II can change.
  7. Plan your important Quadrant II areas for next week.

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