|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 10
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"FOUR WAYS WE SPEND OUR TIME."
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In Stephen Covey's book on time management "First Things First" he helps us evaluate four different ways we spend our time to help us achieve a better work/ life balance and be more effective and happier. He does this with a Time Management Matrix Diagram (below). He divides our time usage into what he calls Quadrants 1,2,3,4.
Stephen Covey's Time Management Matrix
Dr. Covey describes time spent in Quadrant 1, (Urgent and Important) this way: "Here's where we handle an irate client, meet a deadline, repair a broken-down machine, undergo heart surgery, or help a crying child who has been hurt." Urgent and Important events must be dealt with, but it is not good if we spend most of our time here. Many things become urgent and important because of procrastination, lack of planning and lack of prevention. They sometimes repeat themselves because we just put the fire out and do not find out why the fire started. We feel rushed by urgency and "Just Put A Band Aid On It".
Dr. Covey describes time spent in Quadrant 2, (Important not Urgent) this way: "Here's where we do our long-range planning, anticipate and prevent problems, empower others, broaden our minds and increase our skills through reading and continuous professional development, envision how we're going to help a struggling son or daughter, prepare for important meetings and presentations, or invest in relationships through deep, honest listening. "Quadrant 2 is The Quadrant of Quality.
Dr. Covey describes time spent in Quadrant 3, (Urgent not Important) this way: "The noise of urgency creates the illusion of importance. But the actual activities, if they're important at all, are only important to someone else. Many phone calls, meetings, and drop-in visitors fall into this category. We spend a lot of time in Quadrant III meeting other people's priorities and expectations, thinking we're really in Quadrant I." Quadrant 3 is the Quadrant of Deception.
Dr. Covey describes time spent in Quadrant 4, (Not Urgent not Important) this way: "Not necessarily recreational things, because recreation in the true sense of recreation is a valuable Quadrant 2 activity. But reading addictive light novels, habitually watching "mindless" television shows, or gossiping around the water fountain at the office would qualify as Quadrant IV time wasters." It is The Quadrant of Waste.
The goal is to spend less time on the "Urgent not Important" (Q3) and "Not Urgent not Important" (Q4) and spend that time on the high quality "Important not Urgent" (Q2). This will gradually lead to a decrease of time we have to spend on the "Important and Urgent" (Q1) because our planning and prevention will improve and so will the quality of our life.
Where do you spend your time?
Yours in Coaching,
The Love of The Game
There is too much of sighing, and weaving
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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