Please read the previous post before you read any further.
Each of these quadrants need to have a name to apply this powerful concept on a day to day basis. I have named them using the greek alphabets. These names will serve as a short cut to classify your activities in to the quadrants.
The names of all the four choice goal quadrants are given below:
- Activities chosen by you, on your own and they are aligned to your goals: 5α
- Activities chosen by others/chance and they are aligned to your goals: 5β
- Activities chosen by others and they are NOT aligned to your goals: 5γ
- Activities chosen by you, on your own and they are NOT aligned to your goals: 5δ
It is a "unit of activity" done in 5 minutes that will take you to your goals and these have been chosen by you, on your own. Hence the number "5 "denotes to five minutes of any activity that can be suffixed with either α,β,γ, or δ depending on the nature of the activity, as explained above.
The more you pack your day with 5α activities, the quicker you will reach your goals. It is not possible to avoid 5β activities as we live in an interdependent and collaborative world. However, these activities take you to your goals, anyway, and they need to be included. These activities also build relationships with others when you deliver what you promise to them.
The danger is in the activities 5γ and 5δ as they are no way connected to your goals. The more you pack your minutes with these activities, the more the danger of missing your goals completely.
Look at the picture and you will see different bands of activities over the period of your waking hours, which may be 16-18 hours.
what is the percentage distribution of the various activities? Does your band for today or yesterday resemble the first band or the 4Th band or any of the bands in between.
Draw your band for yesterday or today. How does it look? Are you happy? Are you in control?
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