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Issue 492 - "Four Ways We Spend Our Time."

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 10 Issue 492
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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
Quadrant 1
Urgent and Important
Quadrant 2
Important not Urgent
Quadrant 3
Urgent not Important
Quadrant 4
Not Urgent not Important
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,
Craig Impelman




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Application Exercise



The Love of The Game

There is too much of sighing, and weaving
Of pitiful tales of despair.
There is too much of wailing and grieving,
And too much of railing at care.
There is far too much glorification
Of money and pleasure and fame;
But I sing the joy of my station,
And I sing the love of my game.

There is too much of tremble-lip telling
Of hurts that have come with the fight.
There is too much of pitiful dwelling
On plans that have failed to go right.
There is too much of envious pining
For luxuries others may claim.
Too much thought of wining and dining,
But I sing the love of my game.

There is too much of grim magnifying
The troubles that come with the day,
There is too much indifferent trying
To travel a care-beset way.
Too much do men think of gold-getting,
Too much have they underwrit shame,
Which accounts for the frowning and fretting,
But I sing the joy of my game.

Let's get back to the work we are doing;
Let us reckon its joys and its pain;
Let us pause while our tasks we're reviewing,
To sum up the cost of each gain.
Let us give up our whining and wailing
Because of the bruises that maim,
And battle the chances of failing
As being a part of the game.

Let us care more for serving than winning,
Let us look at our woes as they are;
It is time now that we were beginning
To be less afraid of a scar.
Let us cease in our glorification
Of money and pleasure and fame,
And find, whatsoe'er be our station,
Our joy in the love of the game.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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