I know we have all heard this principle more than once. But how often do we get stuck in a cycle of email responses and mundane tasks?
We need to be ruthless about stopping activities and meetings that add no value. Delegating tasks that we don’t need to be doing. And blocking time to focus on items that will have impact.
Leaders - how many useless or elongated meetings do you call? Do you really need everything you ask your team to provide? We would be wise to focus on the important over the urgent and challenge our teams to do likewise.
This Urgent/Important matrix has been attributed to former US President Eisenhower and Stephen Covey. “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important,” sums up the concept perfectly. This “Eisenhower Principle” is how Eisenhower organized his tasks and Covey brought the idea into the mainstream in his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.