Differentiate between urgent and important tasks: an urgent task may not necessarily be important. Urgent means it needs doing right away often for someone else, important means it furthers your own goals.
- Time management @ NHS Choices
Excerpt: Tasks can be grouped in four categories: urgent and important, not urgent but important, urgent but not important, and neither urgent nor important. People with good time management create time to concentrate on non-urgent, important activities. By so doing, they minimise the chances of activities ever becoming urgent and important. “The aim is to learn how to better reduce the number of urgent and important tasks. Having to deal with too many urgent tasks can be stressful,” says Donaldson-Feilder.