Oh dear, it’s over a month since I wrote a blog post….  Allison will be after me….  What shall I write about…

I’m sure other Certified Trainers are as busy as I am, so busy is no excuse.  Time to make space in Quadrant II.  There we go – write about Quadrant II, Pat.  So here goes….

One of my most abiding self-helpers is the notion I internalized many years ago after reading Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  His third habit is entitled “Principles of Personal Management” – which dovetails with my notion that one of the top ten leadership qualities is that of Self Mastery.   Covey frames the lead-in to his third habit with a quote by Goethe:

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

In a nutshell, think of your time as being spent in one of four quadrants.  Quadrant I is things that are urgent and important.  Quadrant II is activities that are important, but not urgent.  Quadrant III are those tasks that are urgent but not really important.  And Quadrant IV are the things that we do that are neither urgent nor important.

Picture of Quadrant

Covey says that we are reactive when we deal with urgent matters.  Important matters, on the other hand require us to be pro-active, they have to do with achieving results.  People who are change agents live in Quadrant II.  No matter how busy they are, they build space into their days, and their lives, that keep them focused on the activities that truly matter – to them as an individual, to their spouse and family, to their community, and to the place they work.