Being productive means being “intentional” and very self aware…And so, I need to examine my own motives and behaviors to stop putting other people into Quadrant 1 & 3. Am I creating and holding an unproductive meeting? Am I asking for people to do things “right now”, when I may not need a report or project for a couple of weeks out? Am I waiting until the last moment to delegate or to even ask a peer for help? Am I the one stepping into someones office or texting and saying, “Do you have 30 seconds”? which of course can turn into 30 minutes?
The more I become aware of (or admit) my tendency to “quad 1 or 3” others, and then THINK before acting, the more I can change my behavior and think about how NOT to throw others into an unhealthy and sometimes useless state of urgency. If each of us takes “accountability” of thinking through the Time Matrix framework and how it effects each other, the more a team or family gel and then can move towards real, high quality accomplishment of what is really important.
Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader