We call the first quadrant “Do” as these tasks are very important and just need to be done preferably on the same day and not later than the next day. These are the tasks that need to be done in order to avoid negative consequences. Examples of the “Do” quadrant would be crises, deadlines, urgent problems.
These are usually the most time and energy consuming tasks of the day. You know- the ones you really don’t want to start due to the amount of energy you’ll have to invest in them…
- You should use Mark Twain’s Eat the frog first principle for this kind of tasks. This works because you’re more likely to enjoy completing the next item on your list once you have completed the first one. Also, it is a great way to discipline yourself and gain higher self-respect when you acknowledge the completion of the hardest to-do item.
The tasks on the “Do” quadrant are important and urgent after all, so start with them and you’ll see how easy everything else will seem much easier to carry out after completing them.
- You need to dedicate one place where you will write down your “Do” tasks daily to make planning wisely a habit that sticks. In Office Hero planner, there is dedicated space daily and monthly to pin down the tasks that are Important and Urgent and even breaking them down into actionable steps. Check it out here.