Time Management Quadrant...

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID

I think I first was exposed to this grid at a Ken Blanchard seminar.  I have used it many times and I have also tried to keep a good balance of spending more time in Quadrant 2, but it isn't always easy. 


                                                       Time Quadrant

When you cross the axis of "Importance" and "Urgency", which one wins? 

Quadrant 1 is known as the "CRISIS" Quadrant.  You want to spend as little time here as possible.  If the building is on fire, it's important and urgent and action must be taken immediately!

Quadrant 3 is known as "INTERRUPTION" Quadrant.  Things seem urgent and important, but you find out that someone else's "urgency" doesn't always match up with what is important to you and your goals.

Quadrant 2 is the "PRODUCTIVE" Quadrant. This is where we should spend most of our time; planning, preparing, being productive IN our businesses and our lives.

Quadrant 4 is the "MENIAL TASKS" Quadrant: Yes, time wasting by watching TV or doing idle, non-productive tasks, but there are things that can be PLANNED in Quadrant 2 that can be performed in Quadrant 4, such as maintenance of a web site or washing windows to impress a customer.

There are items like emptying the trash that if not done, soon will find themselves moving to Quadrant 1!

I hope you can examine this grid & take away what works for you. Try to categorize your daily tasks and identify if they are important or urgent or both or neither... Concentrate on spending Quality Time in Quadrant 2 and plan for the recreation that may seem to be Quadrant 4.

Always looking out for your next move on Idaho Real Estate in the Boise Idaho real estate market,

Don Wixom  RE/MAX Advantage  Nampa, Idaho

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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor


I have been suffering fron number 3 and 4 here lately!

Mar 13, 2008 09:53 AM #1
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm
Mike: I seem to suffer a lot from Quadrant 3!  Thanks for reading!
Mar 13, 2008 09:57 AM #2
Jonelle Simons
Windermere Real Estate - Park City, UT
This is cool - Thanks for sharing!  I'll keep this in mind when I'm wasting time in quadrant 4..... :)
Mar 13, 2008 10:01 AM #3
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Hi Don,

Very interesting.  I am going to look at this more and see where I am in the quadrants, and hopefully figure out how to spend most of my time in the 2nd quadrant.  Thanks.  Have a successful week.  Michael A. Caruso

Mar 13, 2008 10:02 AM #4
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty
Don, this is great for realtors to read because even if we work many hours, how much of it is really productive and lead generating? 
Mar 13, 2008 10:26 AM #5
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Jonelle:  I think we're all guilty of that... Where does blogging fit, that's the question...

Michael:  Quadrant 2 is where it's at!  Thanks for taking the time to read & have a great day!

Patricia:  You're absolutely right!  i find myself spending time doing tasks, but are the productive? Thanks for reading!

Mar 13, 2008 10:39 AM #6
Kevin Wood,
Keller Williams Southern Arizona - Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ Realtor

Thank you for taking the time to write this.

Jan 17, 2009 10:13 AM #7
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Kevin, Thanks for taking the time to read this!  All my best in 2009!

Jan 19, 2009 09:35 PM #8
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