Important but Not Urgent

Yesterday I wrote a programming code 12 hours straight. I have more tasks than usual for now, because I went on a graduation trip for 11 days and just came back home 6 days ago. As always, these weekdays I was engaged in working, going to the gym and learning foreign languages. I make it a rule to deal with my To-Do list on Saturday and Sunday, so that I can batch them and concentrate on my typical habits and projects on workdays. However, this weekend I didn’t have enough time to get things done because of a pile of urgent errands. That’s why I was extremely busy yesterday and I still have the untouched To-Do list now.

Today I woke up at 10:30 with an idea related to the program I dedicated to last night. This may be because I was thinking about it in a dream (nightmare?). So I immediately started to work this morning. But after improving the program for 2 hours, I gradually noticed that my brain had no more space to work and I became short of concentration. It meant the working memory of my brain was almost full because I didn’t try to organize my thoughts, tasks, schedules, ideas and current situation. While working, whether I realized it or not, I was thinking what I should do next and what would be important for me. Therefore I stopped working and left for the gym to release my brain from chaos. After beating a punching bag repeatedly, I returned home and began to make my messed-up mind clear.

One of the ways to know where I am is doing something Important but Not Urgent. Before we start to do this, it is necessary to think what are important for us. I usually invest part of my time and money in myself. So what should I do next? I have an answer; I shall give something precious to others. This sounds weird because I am a man who don’t want to get involved with people so much. This is not because I hate them, but because I would rather concentrate on what I want to do without distraction from others. I closed my facebook account and deleted almost all of contacts from my phone. As a result, I get more time to spend for more important things. I never want to spare the time to stay with someone who are trivial, not precious for me. Instead, I am willing to help, cheer and say thank you to my friends, family, girlfriend and other people around me I really love, who also consider me with warm affection. So this evening I sent messages to them and said, “How’s going?”, “Hey, what’s up?”, “Let’s drink next time!”. In fact, I have my own traditions and philosophy of social relationship; “Don’t drink with others whom you can’t have a good time with without drinking”, “Keep in contact with your loved ones even if you and they trust each other at all”, but the most important attitude is “To be honest”.

After chatting with my friends, любимой девушкой and family, now I recognize where I’m going again. These good habits always spur me into my own projects without looking back over the past and being anxious about dying with regrets for not staying with my precious ones. I could carry out my Important but Not Urgent things. That’s why lots of tasks still remain even now.

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