New Year’s resolutions may seem passé, but they can be a great way of at least attempting to implement what is known as the Urgent-Important Matrix in your life.
This principle, first championed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the US, argues that we should prioritise tasks and goals in terms of urgency and importance, and delegate or entirely omit those that are less urgent or important.
To implement this principle in your decision making, begin by drawing up an Eisenhower Matrix.
This consists of four quadrants: important and urgent tasks and goals in the top left quadrant; important, but not urgent ones in the top right quadrant; urgent, but not important in the bottom left quadrant; and neither urgent nor important in the bottom right quadrant.
Without clear goals, or a list of New Year’s resolutions, the temptation to spend all your time on urgent matters can overwhelm you, so that you never make time for the important things.
Having a clear idea of what is important to you and your business will also ensure that you don’t allow others to define your priorities for you.
Here, to my mind, are some of the crucial issues that the SA farming sector should have on its list of New Year’s resolutions:
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