Bloomington, What’s in Your Quadrants?
Remember Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits for Highly Successful People? Part of the book deals with prioritizing the four quadrants of Covey’s time management matrix: Important and Urgent, Non-important and Urgent, Important and Non-Urgent, and Non-Important and Non-Urgent. Intentional prioritization of items in these quadrants can lead to successful and productive living. The quadrants help you determine what things really need to be done and what can wait a while.
Draw a square and divide it into four smaller squares, making a mini-graph. Across the top, the two columns are labeled “Important” and “Not Important.” Vertically, the rows are labeled, down the left side, “Urgent” and “Non-Urgent.” In this mini-graph, your to-do list may look something like this:
- Quadrant 1 (top left – urgent /important) – Get food for dinner party this weekend; house cleaning before party; clear fallen tree from driveway.
- Quadrant 2 (top right – not urgent/important) Learn to use bookkeeping program for taxes next year; Finish working on resume; update LinkedIn profile.
- Quadrant 3 (bottom left – urgent/non-important) Return Aunt Isabelle’s call; Check email
- Quadrant 4 (bottom right – non-urgent/non-important) – Clean out junk drawer in desk; decide which hair color looks best; make spa appointment
In this example, there is a dinner party looming on the horizon for which you must prepare. You don’t want guests to arrive at a messy house. Parking may be inconvenient if your driveway can’t be used due to storm debris. All these items need to be attended to right away. Giving a call to Tidy Touch and recruiting us for all your house cleaning needs takes one major item off your plate, freeing up time to spend with your family.
Make Time for What Matters Most
Covey’s time management matrix is a wonderful tool for life-planning. Ponder the things you feel would really make your life better and slide them into an appropriate slot. Take a good hard look at how you are living your life now and ask yourself, “Am I really living the ideal life for me? What things are really important to me?”
Making memories with your kids is important and urgent–remember, kids grow up fast; nurturing your relationships is important. Don’t spend time spinning your wheels, doing things you can delegate to others. Unless, of course, you actually enjoy doing those things. That tree in the driveway? Unless you love wielding a chainsaw, call somebody to clear it out for you. Cleaning the house? Let Tidy Touch keep your house looking pristine.
Tidy Touch is all about creating margin in your life by providing house cleaning services you can depend on. You have a house that you are proud of and it takes time to keep it that way–time that could be spent doing other important and urgent things, like being more involved in family activities. Childhood doesn’t last forever. With Tidy Touch, you can enjoy more moments with those you love without sacrificing the beauty and cleanliness of your home. Our maid service will free up time for you to do the things that really matter to you–and your family. Contact us for more information.