One key tool in time management is the Eisenhower box, or the Important/Urgent box. I first came across it from James Clear’s article and have added my own twist to it to make it easier to remember:
When we receive requests, it’s easy for us to assume that what’s important is also urgent and immediately go into action without thinking exactly how. We assume that we have to do it right now, or that we have to do it alone. Here are some How’s to consider when you’re unsure whether you can take something on or you know you can’t and need to work out a solution with your boss.
If it’s not important to you, then you need to figure out the bigger picture. Ask your boss. How does this contribute to the aims of the project? Remind me which objective this one’s about again? Sometimes even our bosses forget why they’re doing something. Is this the most efficient, useful course of action or is there another way?
These two questions determine the level of urgency, enabling you to choose between doing it now or deciding when in your own schedule. What if you can’t fit it in your schedule? Again ask how, plus who.
If it’s not important and not urgent, then delete, destroy, disembark. Stop wasting your time on things that don’t matter to you.
Focus on what’s good, and keep going for it.
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Originally published at medium.com