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Eisenhower's stellar on how to make decisions

Eisenhower's stellar on how to make decisions

(1:30) We often confuse the urgent with the important and vice-versa. US Army General and 34th US President Dwight Eisenhower on how he set his priorities when making decisions.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (165 days ago)

“The goal with this is to focus on what’s important and NOT urgent.” I disagree. I think you should focus on what's important and IS urgent. Once all those are completed, then focus on others.

If your house is on fire, that's both important and urgent so I think you should fix that problem first. If you need a new roof after a storm blew away some shingles, that's important but not urgent. That can wait a little but must still be fixed soon or more damage will occur inside the house.

You can practically remove the two categories that include "Not important." You may not have enough resources to ever get to those but it doesn't matter because they aren't important anyway.

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“The goal with this is to focus on what’s important and NOT urgent.” I disagree. I think you should focus on what's important and IS urgent. Once all those are completed, then focus on others.

If your house is on fire, that's both important and urgent so I think you should fix that problem first. If you need a new roof after a storm blew away some shingles, that's important but not urgent. That can wait a little but must still be fixed soon or more damage will occur inside the house.

You can practically remove the two categories that include "Not important." You may not have enough resources to ever get to those but it doesn't matter because they aren't important anyway.

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TheBob TheBob (165 days ago)
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No - you should be aiming to spend as much of your time as you can on things which are important and not yet urgent. Then you can give them high-quality attention.

He's not saying you should completely ignore the important and urgent stuff, but if you're constantly fire-fighting then your life is full of short-term, low-quality attention - and your output will reflect this.

It's obviously always a judgement call, but if the decision comes down to spending time on Task A (lasts an hour and takes me 5 steps towards my big goal and is urgent) or Task B (lasts an hour, takes me 20 steps and is not yet urgent) then you should do Task B.

If you can knock off Task A in 5 minutes, ok do it - but your aim should be to spend high-quality time on your important goals.

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No - you should be aiming to spend as much of your time as you can on things which are important and not yet urgent. Then you can give them high-quality attention.

He's not saying you should completely ignore the important and urgent stuff, but if you're constantly fire-fighting then your life is full of short-term, low-quality attention - and your output will reflect this.

It's obviously always a judgement call, but if the decision comes down to spending time on Task A (lasts an hour and takes me 5 steps towards my big goal and is urgent) or Task B (lasts an hour, takes me 20 steps and is not yet urgent) then you should do Task B.

If you can knock off Task A in 5 minutes, ok do it - but your aim should be to spend high-quality time on your important goals.

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