Grouping your Tasks

Think of your schedule in terms of urgency and importance

four quadrants on a range of takes lots of time to little time and important to not important

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.

  • TV,
  • internet,
  • 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.