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.
For example: term paper due tomorrow, financial aid deadlines, etc.

Quadrant 2: Low Urgency/High Importance

Things that are important but do not have an impending deadline.
For example: 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).
For example: 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.
For example: TV, www, Facebook

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.