Urgency versus Importance
out daily lives we often confuse urgency and importance. Failing to distinguish
these two characteristics can cause us stress and confusion. Let's see if we
can untangle these two different concepts.
Urgency is the desire to do something immediately or at least soon. If something
is urgent, we feel we must react at once. Things that are urgent have a deadline
attached to them and the deadline is imminent.
Importance is the recognition that something will have a major effect on
our lives or work. Something can be important, however, without being urgent.
It is important that we begin saving for our children's college education,
even though they may be years away from departing for college.
If the things that were urgent were always important, the distinctions between
these two concepts would not be so ... important. Problems occur when things
that are important are overshadowed by things that are merely urgent.
something that is both important and urgent should
be dealt with immediately. But what about something that is urgent but
not important or something
that is important but not urgent?
This Lesson will help you handle Those situations.