Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Where does the time go???

Steven Covey is a bit of a genius. In his classic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, he offers many insights that can aid in personal and professional change. One of them is a simple, clever grid called the "Time Management Matrix," (p. 151) in which he divides tasks into those which are either "important" or "not important" and either "urgent" or "not urgent." The resulting four quadrants demonstrate the difference between a "pro-active" or a "re-active" style.
  • Quadrant 1= Urgent/Important - Operating in a constant crisis mode puts us under stress and always playing catch-up. It can cause us to put unrealistic demands on others . . .
  • Quadrant 2= Not Urgent/Important - This is where planning, prevention, relationship building, and strategizing come in. This is where most of our time should be spent, in order to have balance, sanity, and ultimately to achieve our goals.
  • Quadrant 3= Urgent/Not Important - Reacting and responding to the priorities of others leaves one feeling like a victim, and out of control. Working in this quadrant makes goals and plans seem useless.
  • Quadrant 4= Not Urgent/Not Important - This is where one turns for relief from constant crisis, or when one feels like a victim. It is not the same as recreation or stress relief. It can feel like it is controling us, rather than the reverse.

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