All the things we do every day can be categorized into 4 groups
Things that are
1. Important and urgent,
2. Important but not urgent,
3. Not important but urgent,
4. Not important and not urgent.
In the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” the author Stephen Covey, explains pros and cons of spending time in each of the quadrants and it was shocking to me to realize how 90% of us spend all our time in quadrant 1, 3 and 4 which means we only react to situations.
Quadrant 2 which is not urgent but important represent developing oneself for the better. For example, exercise is not urgent but it’s important everyone knows it’s good for health but very few practice it because it’s not urgent.
All the personal development activities come under “important but not urgent” category (quadrant 2) and we have been ignoring that quadrant for a long time.
The interesting thing is that most of us spend all our of our time without proper planning or thinking and it should not be that way because time is the most important asset we have.