Sometimes it’s extremely hard to not let the important things in life get crowded out by the urgent things.
Let me explain.
You see, urgent things are things like email, paperwork, phone calls, social media, busy work, etc. Important things are the real meat of your life. They are always directly tied to your long-term vision and goals. Important things are the things you dream about getting around to doing but never actually do.
For me, doing urgent things often makes me feel temporarily fulfilled because I am DOING something. But, it is pointless doing all the urgent things in the world if they are not leading me where I ultimately want to go in life.
One very important thing for me is setting aside time to review my goals each month. I can think of a dozen other urgent things I could do with these hours but I take the time, go to the library, and pull out my long-term goals. I then evaluate whether I am on track with where I want to go in life.
This month, however, I planned to review my goals a week ago. I put it off to do some things with my business that I was falling behind on (urgent things.) So, I planned on taking a couple of hours to do it another day. Well, that day rolled around and again I thought of a dozen or two reasons (good urgent reasons) why I should put it off again.
You see, it’s hard not to be distracted by email, little to-do’s, and random projects because they are so urgent. It’s easy to jump in and get them done.
However, it’s more challenging for me to review my goals because it is not so cut and dry as sending a quick email. It takes time, energy, and a lot of introspection. And, I will say guts. It takes guts to face your life and evaluate how you are actually doing.
When I do look over my goals and decide what is really import me, however, I get a new sense of clarity and vision for my life. I am then able to quickly identify things I need to be working on that will have the long-term payoff I am looking for.
Working this way feels much more fulfilling and satisfying than just doing the urgent which will forever be before me. I don’t get the immediate gratification of an empty inbox, but I do get something way more important, I get the gratification of knowing that I am doing the really important things in life.
I am being strategic with my life and this is deeply fulfilling. All the urgent in the world is not going to keep me from the truly important things life.
Working on important verses urgent things reminds me to work smarter not harder.
Is it just me, or is it sometimes hard for you too not to let the important things get crowded out by the urgent things?