Simple Basics to Prioritize

then move to the not urgent and important tasks. We should avoid or limit the unimportant, whether they are urgent or non-urgent.


As we concentrate our priorities to include only the important, we will find that our "urgent" or crisis list becomes shorter, and we will spend more productive time in quadrant two, doing the important things before they become urgent things. This is how we begin to avoid crisis management and also begin to enjoy more productive, quality time. Quadrant two includes important daily tasks that will enable us to enjoy life and find true happiness.

Time Management Matrix (by Stephen R. Covey)

Simplifying your time, schedule, and calendar can be accomplished with one word: prioritize. Stephen R. Covey provides us with an easy way to do this in his book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. We first need to categorize our "to-do" list into four sections, as illustrated in the table below. The idea behind the matrix is to begin with the urgent and important tasks, and