Time Management


You have probably read my blog posts that talk about how you spend your time and seen my quotes about becoming what you do and how you spend your time.

You are so busy with everything that you accomplish nothing of import. You are busy with things in life that are trivial, or of no lasting consequence while you bounce from crises to crises. Your friends, family or strangers get you caught up in their problems and drama.

Does any of this sound like you?

Now is the time to change. We are given a short time on this earth and you want to make your life the best it can be.

  Urgent Non Urgent
Important Crises

  Someone dying

  Eviction notice

  Criminal charges

Meetings

Deadlines

Goal Setting

Planning

Preparation

Relationships

Clarifying your priorities

Clarifying your vision

 

Non Important Interruptions

Email/Phone calls

Other peoples minor issues (what I call drama)

Favorite TV shows

Getting blasted

Social media

Excessive internet usage

Our own addictions

You can change, but you have to start with how you spend your time. above is an example of Stephen Covey’s time management matrix. 

The first thing you will notice is that there are four quadrants: Urgent/Important, Urgent/Non Important, Non Urgent/Important and Non Urgent/Non Important.

Successful, happy people spend most of their time in the Non Urgent/Important quadrant. They spend their time preparing for their goals and priorities. This allows them to stay out of the Urgent/Important quadrant. Successful people learn to deal with minor interruptions Urgent/Important quadrant and stay on task. Most importantly, they stay out of the Non Urgent/Non Important quadrant.

After looking at the matrix, would you agree that items in the Urgent/Important and Non Urgent/Non Important quadrants should be cut back on or even eliminated?

If you are spending dealing with issues in the Urgent/Important quadrant, that means you spending too much time in the Urgent/Non Important and Non Urgent/Non Important quadrants and very little time in the Non Urgent/Important quadrant. You are doing exactly the opposite of what you should be doing. Most of our crises come from our own making, from how we spend our time.

So, how are you spending your time?

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

 

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