Tuesday, March 15, 2011 by Emily Boyd
Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" has a concept of a 4 X 4 matrix with urgency/non-urgency on one axis and importance/non-importance on the other.
Quadrant 1 is at the intersection of urgent and important, a.k.a. "firefighting," and while you definitely don't want to spend all your time there, it is key to know what to-dos are in that category and get them knocked out.
I created a simple "Quad1" Smart List whose search filter is simply:
(dueWithin:"1 week" OR dueBefore:"today") AND priority:1
That captures in one short list the intersection of urgent, top-priority things across all my lists.
Getting that list down to nothing lets me move to Quadrant 2, not-urgent but important, a.k.a., "Quality Time," where you want to invest as much of your time as you can.
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