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The Need for Prioritizing to Allow You to Get to Your Writing

You may have something wonderful to share with the world that will benefit many but your not getting it written down and out there. STOP!

It’s time to prioritize. If you truly have something important to say than you need to distinguish between what is important and what is urgent and do what is important first.

Even President Eisenhower used this

The idea of differentiating between urgent and important things is not new. Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower organized his workload and priorities in the following order:

  1.      Urgent and important
  2.      Important but not urgent
  3.      Not important but urgent
  4.      Not important and not urgent

The concept was later made popular by Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Of course, anything that’s neither important nor urgent is generally a time-waster, such as most emails. You should avoid doing these types of tasks as much as you can by eliminating them, outsourcing them and practicing selective ignorance.

Selective ignorance is not a new concept by any means. However, it’s gained popularity in recent years thanks to Tim Ferriss’ bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek. Selectively ignoring irrelevant information — emails, news reports, or other distractions — can boost your productivity.

Urgent tasks that aren’t important need to be scrutinized further.

Read more at the source of this article: The Write Life