Today, I happened to see a 1/2 sized slip of bond paper which had some of my old notes which I excerpted from Stephen R. Covey’ book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It was interesting for me to see this note again after the passing of many years. Let me share these with all of you. I believe this can be useful and helpful for everyone. There are lots of “nuggets of wisdom” in the book but here are some which are in this slip of paper which I kept inserted for some 15 years in my old Bible cover which I no longer use. It’s interesting to have read these reminders again:
- Fourth generation time management: focus on relationships and results not on things, time and methods.
- The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.
- The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.
- Organize and execute around balanced priorities.
- Quadrant 2: Focus on the “Not Urgent But Important” quadrant. (See chart below. Or better still, read it from the book itself on page 151.)
- Efficient scheduling and control of time are often counterproductive.
- The key to effective management is delegation.
- Stewardship delegation is focused on results not methods.
- Trust is the highest form of motivation. It brings our the very best in people.
- The focus is on effectiveness, not efficiency. Empower people!
I’ve had my share of successes and failures in life and I don’t know the latest trends in time management if there are any but I believe these leadership principles and personal development tips are useful even up to our time today. Just sharing from Stephen Covey’s book.