Posts Tagged ‘Mindmapping for Your Life’

Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix as a Mindmap

June 21, 2008

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:



John Medina’s new book on the latest in brain research: Brain Rules

June 9, 2008

John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant.  He is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning in Research at Seattle Pacific University.  He also teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in its Department of Bioengineering.

He has written a wonderful book on the brain and how it works called “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School”:











The book also comes with a very insightful and entertaining DVD where John Medina himself walks you through each “brain rule”.  

Here’s a mindmap that illustrates the “brain rules”.  Click on mindmap for full view:





I highly recommend this book and companion DVD.  Mindmapping is all about helping you to organize and manage information more effectively, efficiently, and creatively.  Mindmapping works in concert with how your brain works.  This book helps you to understand your brain better.

To purchase the book click here.

To learn more about Brain Rules before purchasing the book click here: