Every since I learned about Stephen R. Covey’s 4 quadrant time management grid I’ve been enamoured.
The grid falls along two axis – things that are either urgent or not urgent & things that are either important or not.
From that falls the four quadrants, which here they are re-visited. See where you spend most of your time &, more importantly, if that’s the quadrant you want to be spending time in —>
Q1 – Necessity
– crises, emergency meetings, last minute deadlines, pressing problems, unforeseen challenges
Q2 – Extraordinary Results
– proactive work, high impact goals, creative thinking, planning, prevention, relationship building, learning & renewal
Q3 – Distraction
– needless interruptions, unnecessary reports, irrelevant meetings, other people’s minor issues, unimportant email, tasks, phone calls, status posts etc.
Q4 – Waste
– trivial work, avoidance activities, excessive relaxation, television, gaming, internet, time wasters, gossip