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Use your time to focus on urgent things that are truly meaningful to the organization.
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The Importance of Being Urgent

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In this video, Dr. Robin Largue explains how to minimize distractions and focus on what critical tasks will progress you towards your mission.
  • Are your urgent tasks the right tasks? Are they contributing to the larger goals of the organization?
  • How well do you use your time to focus on the urgent things that are also important?
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hi I’m Robin largue and I’m a coach with
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Studer education and what I get to do is
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talk with leaders across the country
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each and every day one of the things
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that we’ve really been talking about
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lately is time do you ever leave work
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and think gosh I have been here more
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than eight hours I’ve worked really hard
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I’m really tired but I didn’t accomplish
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the things that I wanted to accomplish
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and it seems as though some of us have
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those days more often than others and so
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it’s really made me think about some of
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the things that Stephen Covey has
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written about and talked about and one
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is this quadrant which I think is really
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critical and so you have urgent and not
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urgent items in your day you also have
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important and not important items in
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your day now what happens to most of us
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is that these items in urgent they get
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taken care of but are they the right
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items we might just leave off the
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important but not urgent and those may
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be the critical things we need to do in
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order to help our organization perform
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at a higher level and really meet the
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mission of our organization so it’s
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really thinking about what are those
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things that are urgent immediate need
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our attention but then are there some of
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those things in the important area that
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we need to move to urgent for example we
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might have a report due and so it’s over
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here in the important quadrant because
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the due date is like 30 days out but as
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we get closer to that 30 days it’s going
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to shift to urgent but what are those
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things that are in important that we
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don’t ever shift because there’s not a
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due date that’s those things like
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thinking strategically what are our
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competitors doing right now what’s
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trending in our professional research in
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literature what are our partners doing
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that are best practices that we should
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be taking a look at so it’s really
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beginning to think about how we use our
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time to really focus on the urgent
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things that are truly important for us
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to live our mission and if we can begin
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to do that then we are going to
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eliminate some of these things that are
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urgent but not important
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think about that ringing a phone think
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about that immediate email think about
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the distractions that are occurring in
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your daily life your daily work life and
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how can you eliminate or minimize those
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distractions and that will help you get
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to those truly important things that
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need to be urgent in the work that we do
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each day

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