Important? Uncomfortable? Downright unnerving? Yup, must be a Quadrant II activity.

Quadrant II.  Sounds like something out of science fiction.  In reality, though, it’s shorthand for Stephen Covey’s masterful model for categorizing activities.  Here’s a brief recap:

You can immediately see why these activities can be so challenging, uncomfortable, and even elusive.

So what’s an ambitious but stuck entrepreneur to do?

Fortunately, you can start to get unstuck in just five steps:

  1. Clear the decks.  De-clutter your work space—both physically and mentally—so that you can more clearly see what’s important and not just urgent.
  2. Decide how to decide what those important activities are for your business at this time.  Your decision-making criteria may or may not resemble anyone else’s—and that’s just fine.  They just have to make sense for you.
  3. Separate the wheat from the chaff.  In other words, ruthlessly commit to ignoring activities which are only nice ideas so that you can focus your energy and skills on mission-critical activities.
  4. Make sure your business wheel runs smoothly.  In other words, be very strategic and intentional about allowing time for working on your business as well as in it.  Another way to put this: balance delivery of your services with development of your business.
  5. Chunk down, down, down…  The fastest way to come to a screeching halt is to try to swallow some overwhelmingly huge project in a single gulp.  The fastest way to get back into gear is start figuring out how to break that huge project into bite-sized, actionable chunks.

If this sounds good but you’re still not sure how to make it happen, there is—by an amazing coincidence—a tool available to lead you through this process.  It’s called the Take Action Now System™, and you can get it at no charge simply by asking for it.  Just use the box to your right to share your name and tell me where to send the System, and you’ll be on your way.

And as you start picking up speed on the road to achieving your important goals, be sure to let the rest of us know what you used to get into gear!

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6 Responses to Important? Uncomfortable? Downright unnerving? Yup, must be a Quadrant II activity.

  1. Great advice – and incredibly timely for me! Lots coming up and it would be easy to drown in overwhelm. I like the idea of “ruthlessly committing to IGNORING activities which are only nice ideas. No more “bright shiny objects” for me!! Thanks.

    • Kathleen Mavity Kathleen says:

      Timely is good. Isn’t it nice of the Universe to give us a whap upside the head just when we need it? 🙂 So glad this helped, Susannah!

  2. #5 Chunking down, down, down is key for me. When I haven’t determined each action step to complete a goal or project, it never ever gets done. Breaking it down into ridiculously tiny tasks helps me to break through blocks and stave off procrastination.

    • Kathleen Mavity Kathleen says:

      Sing it, sister! Although I challenge your use of the word “ridiculously.” That denigrates a powerful strategy you’ve discovered and chosen to apply to improve your productivity and outcomes. Sounds like you’re dissing yourself, which you so don’t deserve.

      By the way, I had to have this same conversation with a friend in a Mastermind group. She was talking about listing all of her “stupid little tasks” (such as laundry) in order to stay on top of work and life in general. I just barely beat our other members to the punch in pointing out that labeling tasks in such a negative fashion decreased her achievements and was not appropriate. And, seriously, who can consider laundry a stupid little task? You don’t hear much about clean underwear being a critical success factor, but it’s got to rank up there. 🙂

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