Trivial and Urgent vs Important but not Urgent

Another bit from the John Cleese video I posted yesterday. I found this to speak directly to one of the things that has most bedeviled me:

“It’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent, than it is to do important things that are not urgent (like pondering) and it’s easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.”  ~ John Cleese in his talk The Origins of Creativity

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2 Responses to “Trivial and Urgent vs Important but not Urgent”


  1. 1 Brandi Murr February 6, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Your post reminds me of an article, “The Tyranny of the Urgent”, by Charles E. Hummel. Every human faces it; including Jesus during His time here. The challenge for us as Christians, as opposed to everyone else around us, is that our decisions need to be made with eternity in mind, not just an earthly legacy. According to Mr. Hummel, the answer for success is dependence on God. You can view the article at: http://www.navigators.org/us/ministries/college/navfusion/assets/Tyranny%20of%20the%20Urgent%20%5BHummel%5D.pdf

  2. 2 KC Frantzen February 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Wise words from Mr. Cleese!
    Facing this today with joy, and a healthy dose of trepidation!!!
    Onward and upward – to the word count!


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