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the clock the compass commitments vision appointments values schedules principles goals conscience activities directionWhat we do and how What we feel iswe manage our time. important and how we lead our lives.
first generation—notes and checklistssecond generation—planning andpreparationthird generation—planning, prioritizingand controlling
life leadership puts people ahead of schedules, compasses ahead of clocks uses the best of generations 1, 2, and 3 you want to lead a life of meaning and contribution, with balance
elements Why is there a need for the fourth generation of effectiveness time management? principles leadership Well, one definition of relationships insanity is to “keep doing the same things puts first things first and expecting different results.”
“A no uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a yes merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.” Mahatma Gandhi
Consider the big What is most picture. The key important?to this connection What gives your life lies in the clarity meaning? of your vision What do you want around such to be and do in questions as: your life?
we have important roles at work, in the family, in the community, or other areas of our lives Roles represent responsibilities, relationships, and areas of contribution
what is the most important thing I could do for each role this week that would have the greatest positive impact? consider the relationships for each role review a “perhaps” list for ideas identify the steps that need to be taken to achieve long-term goals
translating high leverage quad II goals requires a framework most people are always trying to find time in their overflowing quad I/III schedules They move, delegate, cancel, and postpone—all in hopes of “putting first things first” the key is in scheduling your priorities, not prioritizing your schedule
Distinctive Elements of Effective Weekly Goals they can be either an area of focus or a specific activity they are usually quad II goals rather than typical “to-do’s” or daily action items they are driven by conscience
Should I carry out my plan or make conscience directed changes?
To be successful, you What goals did I must make achieve? successes of one What challenges did I week the foundation encounter? for the next. At the What decisions did I end of the week, ask make? yourself some Did I keep “first things questions: first?”
different ways to evaluate mark accomplished goals on weekly compass keep a journal or daily log and review review past weekly compasses ask specific questions about your performance and actions
weekly evaluation What did I learn from the week as a whole? Am I setting goals that are realistic but challenging? Have I been effective in work related communications? Have I been successful in maintaining a Quad II perspective?
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao-Tzu