“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

August 24, 2013 — 2 Comments

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”
― Stephen R. Covey

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Mr. Covey, the author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Productive People”  stressed that you needed to prioritize your days to.

make sure you do what’s important first and save the less important things to fill in the gaps.

What’s really frustrating to some of us is when other people push their priorities onto us thinking that they’re your priorities. Depending on the situation and the level of influence the person has on you then that may be the case, especially if they pay your salary.

Some people may not even know what is urgent and what isn’t. Worse yet, some people don’t do what’s important. Their urgency is to focus on their own personal needs, not what’s required. Now don’t get me wrong, of course it’s important to tend to your own needs, but some only do that and think it’s an inconvenience to help others.

What’s strange is when people don’t even do what’s important to help them be successful. It makes me wonder three things;

1) Are they just lazy?
2) Do they really care about themselves?
3) Do they believe that they can be more than what they are or worse yet, what someone else thinks they are?

Here’s a thought, if you focus on what’s important, will there be more urgent matters to take care of first?

What does this quote mean to you?


Dave Leingang

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Dave Leingang retired from the United States Navy in 2003 with twenty one years of service. After retiring he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. A lifelong learner and always looking for a challenge he became a John Maxwell Team Founding Partner in 2011. Dave’s been facilitating leadership classes and mastermind groups to businesses and non-profits for over ten years in both traditional and distant learning classroom.

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