Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles E. Hummel. Have you ever wished for a thirty-hour day? Surely this extra time would relieve the tremendous pressure. Now thoroughly revised and expanded, this classic booklet by Charles E. Hummel offers ideas and illustrations for effective time management. Tyranny of the Urgent. © Charles E. Hummel. Revised . Freedom from tyranny of the urgent is found not only in the example of our Lord but also in his promise.


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There are times when it's best to pay for a service over doing it yourself, or to spend quality time with your daughter and order pizza for dinner that night.

Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles E. Hummel

I'm all over that. It becomes an issue when this is the modus operandi in your home, and you honestly don't want it to. When the urgent always trumps the important. Sharon Pruitt For me, I keep this in check with I open my email inbox.

Tyranny of the Urgent

But they're not as high a priority as other things in my life, and I don't open my emails unless I have the time to answer them right then. So they wait until I can get to them. Turns out, life goes on when emails just sit there. Are there obvious urgencies?

Are they truly urgent? tyranny of the urgent hummel

The tyranny of the urgent

Then make them a priority. But are there urgencies disguised as something important? Does that urgent obligation rob you of time or money you'd rather spend on something truly important to you?

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See if you can let that urgency fall back in line, and let the important take priority. It's stressful, it's incongruent, and it's no fun to let the urgent rule our lives.

Tyranny of the Urgent Quotes by Charles E. Hummel

It's why we feel like we're living someone else's life. It's why we want to stand up on the table and scream, "Enough! Prioritizing important over urgent helps quell that chaos.

Be intentional with your time.

Tyranny of the Urgent Quotes

Release the guilt you have about fulfilling all the urgencies in your life. On the night before He died, Jesus made an astonishing claim.


In the great prayer of John 17 He said, "I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do" verse 4. How could Jesus use the word "finished"?

His three year ministry tyranny of the urgent hummel all too short. A prostitute at Simon's banquet had found forgiveness and a new life, but many others still walked the street without forgiveness and a new life. For every ten withered muscles that had flexed into health, a hundred remained impotent.

Yet on that last night, with many useful tasks undone and urgent human needs unmet, the Lord had peace; He knew He had finished God's work.


The Gospel records show that Jesus worked hard. After describing a busy day Mark writes, "That evening, at sundown, they brought to Him all who were sick or possessed with demons.

And the whole city was gathered about the door.

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