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Managing Me … for Optimum Results!

Posted on 03/06/2015, 09:10

Managing Me … for Optimum Results!

Here is a sobering thought; if you’re lucky enough to live to the age of 80…

  • Life has been a 28,000 day experience
  • or 4,000 weeks

And a “famous” and yet uncredited quote:

“When I give you time, I’m giving you a portion of my life that I will never get back. So please, don’t make me regret it”

Thought provoking eh! How we spend our time dictates our personal effectiveness which in term governs what we achieve. Take a look at the following picture:

above the line

Living “above the line” can be difficult to achieve but very rewarding. Above the line is a positive, “I can do” place. Below the line is a negative environment finding excuses for the circumstances. Planning is the Key; putting you in CONTROL; giving you ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY and OWNERSHIP for your actions.

One really useful tool to help gain this control is Covey’s 4 Quadrants

4 quads

Analysing your time by the four dimensions above will give you a very quick read on how effective you are at planning and managing your time.

  • You can’t avoid spending time in the DEMAND quadrant. This is where things get done.
  • The ZONE is the key area to maximise and yet it is the one quadrant that most people seldom get to. It isn’t perceived by many as being “busy” or “productive”. Yet time spent here will deliver huge dividends.
  • The quadrant of ILLUSION is a place to avoid. It can feel strangely satisfying as you move swiftly from one thing to the next. However when you reflect on the outcome there is little to show for the time invested
  • Everyone needs to ESCAPE every now and again, but spending much time here is escapism and a road to no-where.

Try keeping a log of your own activity and then map them (honestly) to the grid. You may get quite a shock and at the same time give yourself a tool to improve your personal productivity and effectiveness.

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