Time management

Stephen Covey passed away in 2012 from complications suffered from a fall from his bicycle the year prior. He was 79. On a bike. How many of your 78 year old patients bike?

He developed a time management theory that may help you. It’s quite simple.

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He created a quadrant system to categorize the event, the responsibility, the whatever that will take up some of your time. On one axis, he put importance, and on the other, urgency.

So, there are things which are both important and urgent, and others important but non urgent. Non-important things are both urgent and non-urgent.

All this seems so self evident, and obvious. Most essential truths are, when laid on the table. But just think about it. How much of your time is just sucked up doing non-important things? Do you schedule things during your work term, month, week, day, or just fly by the seat of your pants?

Covey clearly suggests booking things. Schedule in to your day non urgent important things. Urgent important things like the building burning down declare themselves. You don’t have to worry about them, they clamor to be done, NOW, and your schedule goes out the window for a while. Consider in your analysis all your different realms as a person: spiritual, physical, emotional belongs in there, too. Spending time with a classmate just having coffee could be seen as a non-urgent, important thing if you look at it as relationship building.

But don’t kid yourself.


Covey, S. (1989) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: restoring the character ethic. New York: Free Press