This is the fourth in a series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Mr. Stephen Covey’s classic “the 7th habits of highly effective people”.
I’m reading from the 2004 Free Press paperback edition. This entry covers the third habit.
Habit #3 is the second creation (while habit #2 is the first creation: imagining and planning), the physical creation. It’s the fulfillment of the first two habits.
This habit is around the phrase “organize and execute around priorities“.
Covey is trying to shift the focus from time management to self management, i.e. to manage our own satisfaction and expectation which lie in our circle of influence.
The main point of this chapter is the time management matrix, with the four quadrants:
Q1 (I), Q2(II), Q3(III), Q4(IV).
The importance is relative to your mission, values and goals which have been identified with habit 2. This is why is important to have a personal mission statement or a principle center: to use it as a foundation.
While upon urgent tasks we can only react, non urgent tasks can be prioritized and we can proactively do them.
Moreover, urgent tasks are often important for other people but not for us, so for us they are tasks in Q3.
The suggestion from covey is to spend most of the time in Q2, and little time in Q1. No time (or almost) in Q3 or Q4.
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