Monday, January 16, 2012

The Four Quadrants

While in the middle of reading Stephen R. Covey's classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and came across this incredibly helpful diagram.

He makes the distinctions between urgent/non-urgent and important/non-important tasks, concluding that the activities in quadrant II (top right) are the elements that give our lives meaning and significance. The challenge, however, is sifting through the other three quadrants to identify which activities are important but non-urgent.

Here's an example of a quadrant II activity my wife and I undertook this past weekend, repainting an old table and hanging three chalkboards:

Spend some time today focusing on the things that are important but may not be absolutely necessary. That reminds me, I also need to invite my neighbors over for dinner.

Keep writing,



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