The Four Quadrants are something that I learned a long time ago from Stephen Covey's writings.
Basically, the most Important and most Urgent tasks go in the upper left hand corner of the four squares and the least Important and least Urgent go in the lower right hand corner.
Many productivity scholars suggest that people drop the nonurgent, unimportant items from your life.
I don't disagree!
But I use the quadrants a bit differently than others. I use my quadrants for building my daily docket.
For me, anything Urgent is a Must Do (in the right column). The top things need to be done first, of course, since they are truly important. Anything Nonurgent is a Should Do (in the right column). I don't put more on my daily docket than I actually plan to do, so I don't drop anything unless I unexpectedly run out of time!
Examples of my tasks:
URGENT & IMPORTANT = Email school about kids' medicals
URGENT & NOT IMPORTANT = Dye my hair (urgent, trust me!)
NONURGENT & IMPORTANT = Turn in an article (before deadline, so not urgent)
NONURGENT & NOT IMPORTANT (but worthy of my list) = Cleaning
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