Leadership Quote: What Is Important Is Seldom Urgent…

 

This month’s leadership quote:

“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

-Dwight Eisenhower

 

Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin and other great leaders, past and present, all had the same 24 hours in a day that we do. And, yet we yearn for more time. “If only I had more time,” we say, “I could accomplish so much more. I could do the things I really want to do. I could have more balance.”

What if, instead, we simply paused each day and asked these two simple questions that Benjamin Franklin asked himself at the beginning, and at the end, of each day:

• What good can I do today?
• What good have I done today?

What if we then set out to prioritize our day, according to the Eisenhower quote above. Making immediate time for the urgent/important, saving time for the important/non-urgent, ignoring the non-urgent/non-important and then delegating the urgent/non-important?

How would you feel if you could answer Mr. Franklin’s important question, to your satisfaction, at the end of each day?

Elisa K. Spain