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.
In the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” the author Stephen Covey, talks about the phenomenon where managers wish to be efficient with their subordinates and explain that how the strategy backfires.
Being efficient means achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort, and it is a good practice to be efficient with tools and things but treating people like tools does not do any good at work and it eventually backfires.
Being effective means being successful in producing the desired result irrespective of the effort. Being effective takes time and energy. It requires giving attention and respect to the subordinate.
The managers often confuse these two words and try to be efficient with their subordinates perceiving them as a tool, which is a bad practice.
We should try to be effective with people and efficient with things.
Sometimes while reading a book, we just don’t want to slip anything and we absolutely hate mind wanderings while reading. Every word in a sentence is too important to be missed out and we want to remember everything, like reading for the exams.
I have read very few such articles where the contents of the article are too important to be missed out.
That is how I am feeling while reading the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen Covey, an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. He was also Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans of 1996. The book is so meaningful and full of knowledge that I am like how can I read this book so that I do not forget anything from it.
There is a reason why so many people in our circle have really messed up lives, that’s because they are living their life, in the wrong way.
This book is not only an informative but also a practical one. It discusses how to deal with our problems on the daily basis(no bullshit).
I am reading the third habit so far, and I can’t wait to finish the book. I would be sharing my learning in subsequent posts, with one habit at a time.