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Dear Coach: To sustain growth I know I need to develop my people, but I don’t have time… help!
Answer: How we utilize time is a matter of choice. Perhaps a more accurate, albeit uncomfortable, way of stating your concern is “… I know I need to develop my people, but I haven’t made the time.”
Stephen Covey popularized a simple time management grid in which matters are categorized according to their importance and urgency. The so-called "Covey’s Quadrants" is a helpful device, but, as with any tool, it is only as effective as the talent who wields it. The truth is that many of us tend to prioritize our issues mentally and carry that list around in our heads – often directing our actions as the thought occurs.
Unfortunately, if we do that, we tend to conflate issues. In our mind’s eye we unconsciously push the bulk of our issues into Covey’s weighty Quadrant 1: Urgent/Important. When we feel like everything in our brain demands pressing attention, it’s no wonder we feel overwhelmed and out of margin.
So how do we deal with this tyranny?
An exercise that many of my clients have found useful is to do a “brain dump.” That is to say, take a few minutes to write down every issue of significance that’s in your mind. Then take each item, evaluate it on its actual – versus perceived – priority and place it in the most appropriate quadrant. If you are like most everyone who does this, you’ll find that you don’t have as many pressing things as you thought and a number of them can either be delegated or made low priority.