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Covey Time Management Quadrants - The Time Management Matrix of Stephen Covey

The Time Management Matrix is from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey.

 
PRLog - Dec. 22, 2010 - Covey Time Management Quadrants

The Time Management Matrix is from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. This book saved my sanity. I found myself daily getting sidetracked and diverted from my To Do list by what everyone else thought was the top priority. It was their priority, of course, not mine, and I had a bad habit of wanting to please everyone.

So what happens is that the last person to hand you a "priority" gets bumped to the top of the list. If you don't set your own priorities, you will be tossed like a bottle on the sea. Stephen Covey simplified it immensely with his 4 quadrants in the Time Management Matrix. Get Internet #1 - Covey Time Management Quadrants @ http://timecure01.webs.com and find out how you can Maximize Your Time!

Quadrant I Activities: URGENT + IMPORTANT

Crises

Pressing Problems

Deadline-driven projects

Quadrant II Activities: NOT URGENT but IMPORTANT

Prevention

Planning

Relationship building

Recognizing new opportunities

Values clarification

True recreation

Not Important

Quadrant III Activities: URGENT and NOT IMPORTANT

Interruptions, some calls

Some mail, some reports

Some meetings

Proximate, pressing matters

Popular Activities

Quadrant IV Activities: NOT URGENT and NOT IMPORTANT

Trivia, busy work

Some mail

Some phone calls

Time wasters

Pleasant activities

Covey says that many of us spend most of our timein Quadrant IV and almost no time in Quadrant II.

Consider the activities shown in each quadrant:

I. URGENT and IMPORTANT

Clearly, these activities should take first priority. However, your long term goal should be to reduce time spent here by prevention, preparation, etc. (see Quadrant II).

II. NOT URGENT but IMPORTANT

The key to success in gaining control of your time priorities is to focus on activities in this quadrant. If you are currently doing very little here, begin by carving out a small amount of time each day and building on it.

III. URGENT and NOT IMPORTANT

Many of us get trapped by other people's sense of urgency telling us what is important. Allowing your priorities to fall here can result in a frenzied rush to get "things" done, followed by a sense of emptiness and lack of satisfaction.

IV. NOT URGENT and NOT IMPORTANT

Obviously, minimize time spent in activities in this quadrant.

I wish you luck with this and warn you that you have to be ever vigilant about it. There will always be someone who wants to revise your priorities. Get Internet #1 - Covey Time Management Quadrants @ http://timecure01.webs.com and find out how you can Maximize Your Time!

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Tired of doing repeated things, ended up not having enough time?
Get Internet #1 - Covey Time Management Quadrants @ http://timecure01.webs.com and find out how you can Maximize Your Time!

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