The following matrix - which masquerades under several names - can be used to analyse how effectively you use your time. It divides your activities into four quadrants:
And therein lies the risk: think emails, meetings for meetings sake and the ubiquitous "have you got 20 minutes" discussions.
Now analyse your activities over the last few days. Where do they sit?
Most of us lose hours a day or week on not important/not urgent matters and, in so doing, fail to create time for the big strategic decisions - the things that really matter.
Critical self-awareness and monitoring your use of time is an important facet of becoming a more effective leader.
Ask yourself this - would you prefer your boss to be making key strategic decisions or to have an empty inbox?
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