Urgent-important matrix

SymboliCard Urgent-Important priorization/ time management model - 960x768 pixel - 127780 byte

The use of the card in the development process:


First we need to understand this distinction:

  • Important activities have an outcome that leads to us achieving our goals, indifferent whether these are professional or personal.


  • Urgent activities demand immediate attention, and are usually associated with achieving someone else's goals. They are often the ones we concentrate on and they demand attention because the consequences of not dealing with them are immediate.


The 4 elements of the matrix are the following:


Ø  The " Important and urgent." tasks need to be executed immediately by us.

Ø  The "Important but not urgent" tasks need to be planned, scheduled, in respect of time and resource, too. The task can be delegated with a good planning. 

Ø  The "Not important but urgent" tasks need to be executed asap, if it is possible, it is worth to delegate it.

Ø  The "Not important and not urgent" tasks are either way landing in the dustbin, please select them accordingly when you prioritize.

The goal is to think more and more in the category of "important, but not urgent" as this is the base of the productive and calm work. Then schedule tasks and activities based on their importance and urgency.

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