The Quadrants Helped Reduce My Stress

Identifying where items fall in the quadrants helped to reduce my stress level. It helps to prioritize tasks and minimize distractions.

Now that I am able to identify when a task is a Q3, distraction to my work load, I can prioritize it easier and while it can still be completed for someone else’s Q1 and while I may still have a sense of urgency for the task I don’t have to accept the burden of the stress of the issue.

Learning how to drag emails to tasks or calendar events has been a life changing experience. I now can move the emails and know that I will be reminded to follow up electronically so I don’t have to try to keep it in my mind until it is done. I can just set the task with a reminder and then forget it so that I can focus on the current task at hand. I have set color coded categories that are Quadrant specific and broken by personal or work. That way when I get a new unexpected Q1 or Q2 task it can quickly and easily see what it moves and what the priorities were without having to review each task.

It only takes a few seconds pre task to set the category but it save a lot of time when you have to readjust your day to work in the unexpected.

Contributed by a 5 Choices Participant

Seeing the “End in Mind” to Completion

“I believe the greatest impact of applying the 5 Choices training has been the feeling that I have had a breakthrough in being able to see an ‘end in mind’ and set intermittent goals to get there versus setting an ‘end in mind’ goal that had to be attained all at once.”

5 Choices Participant, March 2012, USA

The Learning is Becoming Part of Me

“Another impact was to see what I was learning becoming part of me as evidenced by my comments to my daughter when I was helping her with a drill on the soccer field and she was getting disappointed because it was not always accurate. I asked her ‘What is it you want to see happen here?’ and ‘How can you see yourself getting to be at that place?’ and ‘Do you want it to be excellent or just okay?’ It was great to see the mindset change in myself and realize that I now had a useful way to teach my daughter to look at things and give her better preparation for her life.”

5 Choices Participant, March 2012, USA