2 Ways to Get Your Important (but not urgent) Stuff Done

Get your Important (but not urgent) Stuff Done

We all have a list of projects that we’ve unwittingly placed on the back burner, even though we know some of them are important to the growth of our business or our own personal self-improvement.

The problem is, they don’t feel as urgent as say, responding to customer inquiries, answering e-mails, or getting the day’s orders shipped out.

Some of your big, important, non-urgent projects might include designing a new jewelry collection, writing the first draft of a novel, or re-branding your business.

You know that these things would help your business get to the level you want it to be at, but it hardly seems like it’s possible to work on them when you barely have enough time for the need-to-happen now, urgent tasks already filling your plate.

There are two schools of thought as to how you can continue to get all of your urgent work done, and still chip away at your big-but-not-urgent projects at the same time.

I practice and use both (so no, you don’t have to choose just one method), and I can tell you from experience, these methods of productivity can change your life and your business.

Method #1: work on your important, non-urgent thing for 15 minutes a day, every single day. Even the busiest of people can find or make up 15 minutes. Schedule your time slot in, do it, and you’re done. Before you know it, you’ll be inching your way towards completion.

Method #2: Schedule longer blocks of uninterrupted focus time on a weekly basis. This could be 2 hours on Wednesdays, or two 45 minute sessions on Sunday. Dedicate this time chunk to a single project and that project only. Turn off all other distractions and work from start to finish of the focus session. You’ll be amazed at how much you will be able to accomplish during that time.

I like to use method #1 for tasks that I procrastinate on because they are either really hard or really boring. Hard (for me) means sending out pitches and/or making phone calls. My super-introverted self may be scared to do these things, but knowing that I’ll only be working on them for 15 minutes makes it a lot easier to get started (and finished.)

I prefer method #2 for tasks that I like to delve deep into and get lost in for a couple of uninterrupted hours. ThisΒ  might be designing new jewelry pieces, drafting new blog posts, or taking and editing new product photographs.

You may be skeptical as to how well these will work, but I implore you to give at least one of these methods a try, starting this week. Then, let me know how it goes, either here in the blog comments, or hit me up on social media. I’d love to hear from you!

Also, if you have any productivity tips of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments below. Everyone can always use another tip or trick how to maximize the 24 hours in each we’re given. πŸ™‚

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Comments: 3

  1. Charlotte Sharkey September 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Don’t forget to schedule these important tasks around the rest of your life’s important tasks! Not blocking time for those can wipe out your efforts to stay on target with these ‘most important tasks.’

    • Megan September 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Absolutely Charlotte! That’s why I’m such a big fan of using a weekly planner and/or digital calendar. Without a schedule, it probably isn’t gonna happen! πŸ˜‰

  2. Theressa September 10, 2015 at 3:15 am Reply

    Surprisingly, this is basically how I work now. Something I used to do that found me defeated most days was filling up my to do list with EVERYTHING (like a brain dump!) and at the end of the day, moving unfinished tasks to the next day.

    Of course by the time tomorrow rolled around there would be more things to work on like urgent fixes for new client sites or design requests, so I would never get the satisfaction of seeing my list shrink.

    Now I just add 3 things to my list – 2 are usually micro-tasks and one big task that serves to build, support and benefit my business.

    This way, I have a better chance at crossing everything off my list and feeling that satisfaction of accomplishment.

    I usually have a spare hour (or if I’m really lucky, two!) doing things this way so I use that time on routine admin tasks like responding to emails, social media, blog posts and that sort of thing. It’s taken a while to figure out ‘my flow’ but I’m liking the way things are working right now πŸ™‚

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