Reducing Information Pollution

Focus on Important, Not Urgent Tasks to Reduce IO

July 19, 2018 | Posted By mbaloney

We tend to focus or prioritize our time on URGENT tasks without necessarily considering the importance of each task.

A variety of individuals have offered suggestions to reduce this bias.

Alice Boyes in a Harvard Business Review article proposed prioritizing tasks in consideration of your longer-term goals or “big picture.”

The Eisenhower Approach provides a 4 quadrant matrix for classifying your tasks.

Martha Beck in the Oprah Magazine adds helpful steps for adopting this process.

Hopefully, a focus on important tasks will reduce the amount of information required to complete your task list.

I however, found one missing element–an unimportant, but urgent task may have a deadline set by your boss that cannot be postponed.

Nonetheless, this proposal is worth your consideration.

MartyB #IORGFORUM

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  1. einstem Says:
    August 19th, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Agree with these ideas. The Eisenhower matrix has been around a long time, and was made very popular by David Covey in his seminal book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.

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