From Achieving Objectives Through Time Management, Fifth Edition
7 The Quadrants
As you know, the time management grid is made up of four squares; another name for them is quadrants. By plotting tasks in a particular quadrant, we are categorizing them. This will help us to highlight certain dangers or risks.
Let us look at each of these quadrants in turn and identify the dangers.
7.1 The Top Right-Hand Quadrant
Tasks which fit into this quadrant get done, on the whole. The danger is:
tasks which are both urgent and important may not get done very well.
This is because they may be done in a hurry, as they are close to a deadline. So they may not get the time and care they deserve.
The top right-hand quadrant is the high priority square. There is sometimes a fine line between a high priority and a full-blown crisis.
7.2 The Bottom Right-Hand Quadrant
There are two types of task in this quadrant:
tasks which have a deadline that is a long way into the future;
tasks which do not have a deadline at all.
What do you think is the main risk applying to tasks in this category?
The danger to tasks in this quadrant is that they may not get done at all.
Tasks which are not urgent may never get done.
Unless action is taken, tasks in this quadrant that have deadlines will rise into the priority square.
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