How to Prioritize
To prioritize, first categorize your intended activities according to just two aspects: importance and urgency.
* Category A is important and urgent.
* Category B is important but not urgent.
* Category C is not important but urgent. This can be a trap, because the urgency inflates its apparent importance.
* Category D is neither important nor urgent, e.g. cleaning drawers, straightening files, etc.
By categorizing your intended activities like this, you've also prioritized them, because you now complete Category A activities first, then B, and C. If you never get to the D jobs, what has been lost?
Activities can change their urgency as time passes, so it's important to review and revise your categories each day.
Milton R. Stohl