In this fast paced world of ours, we often bury ourselves with the urgency of things. Deadlines for assignments, office work and to do lists often constitute most of our busy lives. There are many aspects of human nature that affect how we make decisions. Some of these aspects are culture, region and background. These also make us to perceive things differently. Blame Culture, by this we don’t mean the tendency to look for a scapegoat if the job goes wrong. This is the tendency for human nature to find fault for time management problems. Nearly all time management issues are caused by us, by allowing them to happen in the first place. Most of the times we Africans we don’t value time much than our Europeans counter parts. When we are late at work we mostly use the word “African time” as a scapegoat. We are all victims of urgency addiction in one way or another. According to (S R Covey, First thing first, 1996, Free press) “Urgency addiction is a temporary pain killer used in excess it does relief some of acute pain caused by the gap between the compass and the clock”. I would like to differ on this statement on urgency addiction which says that were anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to an unimportant. We will look at this in view of this scenario of Mrs. Phiri, who is coming from a class session from ShareWorld University, has received assignments to be submitted in three weeks time. She decides to start preparing for assignments on that day. When she arrives at home she goes straight to her computer to start Scanning for viruses, she hears her baby crying at the bed room. She switches off her computer and rushes into the bedroom to attend to the baby. She receives a call from her husband telling her to go and pay Electricity bill.
Not all things which are urgent are important than those things which are not urgent. Urgent and Important are independent words. Urgent tasks are datelined based and are...
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