I was looking through one of my books by Stephen Covey, First Things First. It's about how we prioritize in life. I am looking at doing a better job with my time management. I have found I am not doing the ministry that I really want to do and believe am called to do. To much other stuff gets in the way.
So . . . I took a look at his book, again.
Covey lists 4 quadrants in life. In essence, everything we do will fall into one of these 4 quadrants - -
Q1 - Urgent and Important
Q2 - Important but Not Urgent
Q3 - Urgent but not Important
Q4 - Not Urgent and Not Important
Under Q1 we deal with
+ Pressing Problems
+ Deadline driven projects
+Immediately productive activities
This all leads to increased stress and burn out, because we are putting out fires.
Under Q3 - we deal with
* Some mail, some reports
* Many popular activities
In Q3 we do things we tend to like, but don't really get us anywhere, and we never feel we really accomplish anything because we put aside what we were supposed to be doing.
Under Q4 - we deal with
- Trivia, busywork
- junk mail
- time wasting activities
- "escape" activities
Suffice it to say we don't accomplish much that is worthwhile here.
In Q2 - we deal with
= developing mission
= relationship building
= true re-creation
These sound best and this is the best place to be. It is also the place where a visionary lives. Vision takes time and a visionary recognizes the need for these activities.
I find myself doing lots of stuff in Q3, not in Q2. That is the one area which is easily neglected. Of course, we can't spend all of our time in Q2 doing the important but not urgent. But that is where I am striving to move to.
I'm trying to re prioritize my work schedule so I can do what I believe God is calling me to do. part of that is a greater commitment to prayer and Bible study which I believe are Q2 items. In fact, I would say all spiritual disciplines are Q2 items, they don't' feel urgent, but they are definitely important.
So . . . what quadrant do you live in?
And where would you really like to live in?
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