The only things that are actually urgent are where nobody is in control. Need to eat right now and have no food? Urgent. Been shot or stabbed or poisoned? Urgent. Planetary alignment window for space launch? Urgent.
Rent and payday? Not urgent. Sort of. What I mean is that, at the other end of the "urgent" bill is a person, and the huge advantage of people is that we can be flexible. Get talking to the right person and anything "urgent" that they are in charge of can be moved, if the right motivators are in place.
Mokalus of Borg
PS - Of course, there's only so much negotiating that one person can do, in the end.
PPS - When you reach that limit, your urgent problems are staying urgent.