Are You Making it Happen or Watching it Happen?
The cornerstone for career successes and business growth is one’s ability to make things happen. People who make things happen almost always have exceptional leadership and time management skills.
They are the movers and shakers who control the game, whereas those who watch things happen are unfortunately controlled by the game.
Did you know that every activity, task or project undertaken during the course of any given day can be placed into one of four categories?
These four categories are described below:
Quadrant 1: Important/Urgent
- Pressing Problems
- Deadline Driven Projects
Quadrant 2: Important/Not Urgent
- New Opportunities
- Long-term Projects
Quadrant 3: Urgent/Not Important
- Popular Activities
- Pending Projects
Quadrant 4: Not Urgent/Not Important
- Time Wasters
Most people prefer tasks that fit into Quadrant 4 since these activities usually do not cause stress. The next most popular is Quadrant 3 because these tasks can generate gratification. While enjoyable, the problem with Quadrant 3 activities is that they produce few accomplishments.
If you choose to engage in Quadrant 3 and 4 activities at the expense of Quadrant 1 and 2 activities, you are jeopardizing your success. Quadrant 3 and 4 will limit your career success or business growth. Quadrant 1 and 2 will allow you to master Growth, achieve Success and live in strategic Acceleration™.
Proactive people are effective time managers and they make sure to focus on Quadrant 1 and 2 activities. Proactive people make things happen. If, on the other hand, you are in the group of people who watch things happen (reactive), you tend to devote a lot of time to the tasks in Quadrants 3 and 4.
Proactive people know that the secret to effective time management lies in Quadrant 2. While Quadrant 1 activities are important, it is counterproductive to treat all of your tasks as if they belong in Quadrant 1. If you focus on Quadrant 2 activities, you will have better work balance, discipline and control.
Most successful people are able to set aside time each day to work on something that is important everyday — this will give you extra time to work on unexpected events.
I have found that women entrepreneurs and career professionals who are proactive share many similar traits that include:
- Planning for the short- as well as the long-term.
- Developing a champion team (e.g., coach, virtual assistant, mentor, mentee, strategic
- planner, business manger, financial advisor and marketing strategist).
- Implementing innovative ideas and thinking outside the box.
- Pre-testing the market, conducting surveys, calculating risks and looking ahead at the impact of any given action.
Women entrepreneurs and career professionals who are reactive seem to:
- Wait for others to initiate and then respond.
- Wait until the situation is right before acting.
- Consider and analyze, but never act.
- Believe in chance and luck.
- Spend a lot of time waiting.
- In the extreme, operate with too much caution and study situations endlessly.
When you become proactive, you make things happen. You begin to sharpen your career and entrepreneurial skills; your motivation increases; your desire to achieve catapults you forward; you develop a higher degree of integrity; you develop a healthy relationship with money; your planning and problem-solving skills soar; you always follow-through; your communication skills are perfected; your credibility factor soars and you achieve a stellar level of professionalism.
When you watch things happen… well you watch things happen!© Copyright 2012 Laureen Wishom