Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix as a Mindmap

We all only have 24 hours in a day.  And if we get 8 hours of sleep we only have 16 hours.  So the question becomes, “What do we do with those 16 hours?”  Isn’t it interesting how some people use those 16 hours to be incredibly productive while others accomplish very little.

Why is that?  Why do some people achieve their goals and experience great productivity and success while others do not?  

Stephen Covey, in his book First Things First, notes that those who accomplish very little are probably spending a large amount of their 16 hours in the Quadrant of Deception and the Quadrant of Waste.  In his book he highlights four quadrants where one can spend their time: 1) Quadrant of Necessity, 2) Quadrant of Quality & Personal Leadership, 3) Quadrant of Deception, and 4) Quadrant of Waste.  

Each of us has a choice as to how we will allocate our time between these quadrants.  But one thing is for sure: when it comes to achieving your goals and living a life of minimal stress – all quadrants are NOT equal.

The first mindmap below defines the four quadrants and how you should allocate your time.  The second mindmap provides more detail on the activities associated with each quadrant.

As you will see from the mindmaps, the trick to managing your time effectively is to: 

1) Manage the Quadrant of Necessity as best you can.

2) Focus on the Quadrant of Quality and Personal Leadership for it makes the Quadrant of Necessity more managable and helps you achieve your goals faster.

3) Be Careful of the Quadrant of Deception because activities in this quadrant may appear urgent when in fact they are not.  Too much time here will slow your progress towards reaching your goals.

4) Avoid the Quadrant of Waste as much as possible.  Too much time here and you will not achieve your goals at all.

Click on the Mindmaps to Enlarge:

 

About these ads

Tags: , , , , , ,

4 Responses to “Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix as a Mindmap”

  1. Sue Massey Says:

    Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.

  2. Alik Says:

    Great stuff!!

    Thanks for sharing – mind if I use the graphics on my blog?

    http://PracticeThis.com

    Of course I’ll be linking back to yours.

    I just posted my latest on life projects and the question that it brings how to prioritize? – i’ve been actually asked by few folks. This graphics that shows Covey’s way is 100% fit for the answer.

    thanks
    alikl

  3. Chance Brown Says:

    Feel free to use the mindmaps. Glad that it helped you meet your needs. Have a great day! – Chance

  4. Prioritize What You Do – Steven Covey Way [The Way That Works] — Practice This Says:

    [...] Brown shares absolutely coolest mindmap images of the [...]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: