Its been over a decade now that I’ve been a fan of the planning and management systems now produced by Franklin Covey. This obsession of mine came from my first encounter with the popular book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. I am the first to admit that I have found it challenging to prioritise. I can still remember what my typing teacher told me when I was at high school. I told her I was exasperated as I never seemed to have enough time to do everything I had to do, I was trying to write the 12,000 word project for my Queens Award, practising for my piano exams, as well as other competitions at Girls Brigade and projects and Leadership training, not to mention keeping up with all my school work! Well, she said to me “you just need to learn to prioritise, Alice”. I was a bit taken aback, because I was expecting her to sympathise with me and say ‘oh, poor you’, but she didn’t.
Well, I see now that that is very good advice. It applies to everyday life including at work. And when I plan my day the evening before or the morning of, then I think back to the quadrant I read about in Stephen Covey’s book that priorities tasks by dividing them into Important and Urgent, Important and Not Urgent, and Not Important but Urgent, nad Not Important and Not Urgent.
I’ve just stumbled across Franklin Covey on YouTube so was very pleased and subscribed to the channel straight away. Here is one of their videos below that is a case study from Guatemala that is very inspiring and I’m sure you’ll like it too.