Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Musings: Priorities

What are your priorities? How do you select your priorities?

You've probably all heard time management techniques that talk about mentally thinking about (or writing out) your activities that fall into these four quadrants.

The things that are:
  • urgent and important
  • urgent but not important
  • important but not urgent
  • not important and not urgent
The items that fall under the "important but not urgent" category are often overlooked in the "busyness" of work and life. These things might include business, strategic, and marketing planning. Yet it is often the "urgent but not important" things that really drain your time, since they have to be done "right now" even though they don't have much long-term benefit.

But how do you determine what's important? We have found that creating a family mission statement is really helpful in determining priorities. It becomes the filter for how we consider which things we should pursue doing in life, and which things we need to let go of.

Now it's your turn. How do you find a balance between the urgent and important? What things do you want to prioritize spending more time on? What is your family mission statement?


  1. Thank you for this blog post. I have been really busy lately and I have been really frustrated because the things that are truly more important to me have been taking a backseat.
    Thank you also for including one of my ornaments in your post.

  2. Great post! Good reminder especially for this time of year when the real meaning of Christmas can get lost in the urgency of buying! Thanks for featuriing my artwork, Never Too Late!