Executive coach Mimi Darmstadter recommends that all mompreneurs spend time evaluating Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix. It’s a great resource for reviewing your daily activities and determining what is urgent vs important – it can help any mompreneur to prioritize and more effectively manage their time.
Let’s face it, we could all use more time!
Figure 1: Stephen R. Covey’s Time-Management Matrix from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989, p. 146.
Ken Krogue sums up how you can apply the matrix to maximize your time in his Forbes article “Level 5 Time Management: Beyone Stephen R Covey And Ben Franklin”: “the key is focusing proactively on Quadrant Two, important but not urgent, lessening Quadrant Three, not important but urgent, and killing Quadrant Four, not important and not urgent, by saying that all important word, “No.””
Mind Tools provides a great step by step on how you can use this tool to prioritize your own activities in their article “The Urgent/Important Matrix. Using Time Effectively Not Just Efficiently“.
Mimi provides other great tips in the latest video for my Web Series “The Modern Mompreneur”. She discusses the steps that you should take to determine what’s next, elaborates on how to differentiate between your strengths and skills, and provides tips on creating a vision board to determine your career path. Check it out:
Would love to hear from you on whether you used the Time Management Matrix and it was helpful and your recommendations for a future Tips & Tools post – please comment below.