- January 22, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Knowledge Bytes
Time management is a very common problem for a lot of us in today’s challenging world when the work keeps piling up but then why do we have some people who are always ahead of schedule, and look relaxed without having to fight fires. Are they genius or much smarter than the general populace. Evidence doesn’t suggest either. I feel that it’s to do with your attitude towards time, clarity around priorities and ability to manage your energy or attention.
In 1954, the former US President, Eisenhower, explained his own dilemma on time management and shared a very interesting principle of Urgent & Important things popularly known as Eisenhower’s principle of time management.
- Eisenhower’s Urgent/Important Principle
Another way of understanding the same principle is to understand the four quadrants mentioned below and distribute your activities tasks in each of these quadrants.
As a rule of thumb, the more no of items you have in quadrant 2, the better it is for you. While quadrant 1 cannot be empty and one should keep time for emergencies. The idea is to stay above the line by minimizing quadrant 3 and quadrant 4 activities.