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

Hm.

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative

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