Think of your schedule in terms of urgency and importance
Quadrant 1: High Urgency/High Importance
Crisis types of situations – important and have a clear, impending deadline.
- term paper due tomorrow,
- financial aid deadlines, etc.
Quadrant 2: Low Urgency/High Importance
Situations with no impending deadlines - but are still important. This is where impactful work with minimal stress ideally happens.
- term paper due in five weeks,
- making plans to go home for a break, etc.
Quadrant 3: High Urgency/Low Importance
Things that are not necessarily important but need to be addressed soon. The urgency tends to come from someone else requesting your time (like a friend or supervisor).
- phone calls,
- text messages,
- email from friends, etc.
Quadrant 4: Low Urgency/Low Importance
These represent uses of time on things that aren’t important and don’t need to be addressed anytime soon.
- Facebook, etc
Now that you've identified some big, medium, and small tasks and placed them in the context of urgency and importance, think about an overall strategy for your semester.