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Time Management: Get an extra day a week... > Preface: The Tyranny of the Urgent - Pg. 2

2 Preface: The Tyranny of the Urgent Have you ever wished for a thirty-hour day? Surely this extra time would relieve the tremendous pressure under which we live. Our lives leave a trail of unfinished tasks. Unanswered letters, unvisited friends, unwritten articles, and unread books haunt quiet moments when we stop to evaluate. But would a thirty-hour day really solve the problem? Wouldn't we soon be just as frustrated as we are now with our twenty-four allotment? A mother's work is never finished, and neither is that of any manager, student, teacher, or anyone else we know. When we stop to evaluate, we realize that our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it's basically the problem of priorities. Hard work doesn't hurt us. We know what it is to go full speed for long hours, and the resulting weariness is matched by a sense of achievement. Not hard work, but doubt and misgiving produce anxiety as we review a month or year and become oppressed by the pile of unfinished tasks. Demands have driven us onto a reef of frustration. We confess, quite apart from our sins, "we have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done." Several years ago, an experienced manager said to me, "Your greatest danger is