Tag: Quadrant 2

S3-23: FAF – How Can I Be More Proactive?

“How can I be more proactive?”

MG and HE tackle this powerful and common question from a number of vantage points, starting with the late, great Dr. Stephen Covey and his all-important “Effectiveness Quadrant”.

Martin shares that by drawing out this diagram yourself it can provide a very basic and visual framework for anyone to organize those things in their life that are IMPORTANT but NOT urgent. And, addressing those consistently is the KEY to effectiveness.

The challenge for most of us is that we spend so much time in the “URGENT” and “IMPORTANT” quadrant, which is Quadrant #1. And ultimately, we begin to confuse “busyness” for effectiveness and then, unfortunately the really import work we need to be addressing is neglected.

Henry uses the example of personal goals and how it is that we must be able to add a sense of urgency to those projects that are most important to us but lack a sense of urgency. Then both MG and HE get into various techniques, strategies and tools to use to help anyone be more proactive and to knock off those Quadrant II items!!! (some tools in links below!)

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Trello! (Boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.)

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 17: The Power of Quadrant #2!

“The key is tricking yourself to move quadrant two items to quadrant one when possible.”

This episode Martin revisits Stephen Covey’s classic Effectiveness or Time Management Grid.

Many of us become great at “getting stuff done” (GTD) the only challent is that often it’s NOT the the important stuff that, in the long run, will make us feel content, accomplished and like we’ve lived a life that was worth living.

All too often that “stuff” resides in quadrant one as Dr. Covey points out yet, it’s quadrant #2 as Covey defines it, where things the important but not urgent items are that have the most value to us.

What sort of things can be found in quadrant #2?

-Planning and strategy
-Setting a vision
-Exercising
-Reading to your children
-Vocation
-Prevention
-Long-Term Goals

Martin explores this idea that within his latest book, The Pressure Paradox™ one of the underlying themes was the importance to creating a sense of urgency (pressure) and how a key to being more effective is moving the those long-term goals into quadrant 1.

For instance, the book and even the app as well as goals like the Ironman and catalina classic were all quadrant #2 items. And, it was via the use of The Habit Factor that helped move those key behaviors (habits) into quadrant #1.

Check it out — listen to today’s episode and see if you can’t identify the important quadrant #2 items in your life and make sure you are tracking the important habits that will help you achieve your goals!

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Resources

Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

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