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.