May 31st, 2001

primary butterflies

Why is it so hard to do those things that are important but not urgent?

It's said that life's tasks fall into 4 different categories, based on urgency and importance:
1.) Urgent and important
2.) Not urgent and important
3.) Urgent but not important
4.) Not urgent and not important

[It looks better if you make this a table a bit like:
1 2
3 4
label urgent above the "1", not urgent above the "2", important left of the "1", not important left of the "3". But anyway.]

I find myself spending a lot of time down in #4, which consists of things like watching TV, websurfing, probably even the constant reading of live journal I do at work. And I don't spend enough time in #2, which involves things like cleaning the house, working on my savings plan getting in touch with my old friends, working on being more fit, etc.

And yet, I feel more productive and I'm happier when I do #2 things instead of #4 things. So why is it so hard to actually do those important but not urgent things?

I bring this up because I finally called a friend of mine last night that I'd met on the retreat weekend I went on a little while ago. I'd been meaning to do that, especially since I'd heard she was in the hospital with a virus. And I'm so glad I called; I had a good conversation, and I was smiling. She was really glad to hear from me, and I was glad to talk to her.

But I have a list of other people I need to call as well. And I'm procrastinating doing this, finding it amazingly important to websurf and hit the random button on live journal instead of just calling.

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