I love that yesterday’s blog Living a Quadrant II Life, touching on Steven Covey’s valuable take on prioritisation, raised a few responses. I didn’t expect so many of us to be struggling to avoid the ever enticing, alluring and oh so fun Quadrants of III and IV.
I know for me, it’s like having a little devil on my shoulder whispering, “Go on, you actually need to check Facebook again, now! It’ll just take a second. You deserve a break. You don’t want to miss anything do you?”
Thanks, I’ve really enjoyed your responses and chats on the subject.
And now, for the uber visual peeps out there (me being one of them), I’d love to share these ideas and awesome mindmaps from Chance Brown’s The Mindmap Blog. Chance mindmaps all sorts of life, business and education ideas and theories and his blog is well worth a deep dig around.
Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix as a Mindmap,
By Chance Brown
Each of us has a choice as to how we will allocate our time between these quadrants. But one thing is for sure: when it comes to achieving your goals and living a life of minimal stress – all quadrants are NOT equal.
The first mindmap below defines the four quadrants and how you should allocate your time.
The second mindmap provides more detail on the activities associated with each quadrant.
As you will see from the mindmaps, the trick to managing your time effectively is to:
1) Manage the Quadrant of Necessity as best you can.
2) Focus on the Quadrant of Quality and Personal Leadership for it makes the Quadrant of Necessity more manageable and helps you achieve your goals faster.
3) Be Careful of the Quadrant of Deception because activities in this quadrant may appear urgent when in fact they are not. Too much time here will slow your progress towards reaching your goals.
4) Avoid the Quadrant of Waste as much as possible. Too much time here and you will not achieve your goals at all.
Simply click on the images to increase them.