You should not only know time management but also stress management

The time management of the “four quadrants” method is well known in organizations, especially in the private cooperate, it is a management tool to order things in terms of the level of importance and emergency. It is a theory proposed by American management scientist Stephen R.Covey. According to the theory, the work is divided into two major levels: important and urgent. It can be basically divided into four “quadrants”: both urgent and important (such as customer complaints, upcoming tasks, financial crisis, etc.), important but not urgent (such as establishing interpersonal relationships, personnel training, developing preventive measures, etc.), urgent but not important (such as ringing, uninvited guests, departmental meetings) Etc.), neither urgent nor important (such as surfing the Internet, chatting, mailing, blogging, etc.).

According to the order of processing: the first thing that need to do is under the urgent and important quadrant, following by important but not urgent, urgent but not important, and finally it is neither urgent nor important. The key to the “four-quadrant” approach lies in the order of the second and third categories, which must be very carefully distinguished. In addition, it also needs to pay attention to the division of the first and third categories. The difference is that the former can bring value and achieve some important goals, while the latter cannot.

Most people are fans of this method, but there is one opinion saying that the four-quadrant method could be wrong most of the time, as for urgent things do not require value judgments that are “important and not important”. In reality, it is quite difficult to distinguish whether it is important and urgent sometimes due to value differences in different regions. I take it as a reference to manage my time and it has its own value to this point, if you are creative enough, then you can use this tool for another purpose.

While stress management is quite similar to time management. The first thing we need to know the types of stress. Stress can be divided into positive stress- Eustress ( may include an upcoming wedding, the holidays, or pregnancy. ) and negative stress- Distress ( results in the full-blown stress response. If continuous, negative stress can lead to loss of productivity, health problems, and exhaustion. ). These two different stress can happen in our life and work, and they will become distressed finally no matter it’s positive or negative if we don’t manage them well.

We categorized stress into four different quadrants according to their importance and urgency as well, then you will have a good understanding of the stresses which bothering you. Therefore, likewise, we deal with stresses which are important and urgent first, meantime, trying to face those stresses which are important but not urgent slowly on the way. It is useful to learn meditation while learning to deal with stress, it can ease you at that moment and make you feel calm then adjust your body accordingly.

The four-quadrant can be widely used in our daily life and you can find more and more ways to utilize it. This article was edited by the original author without their consent, and should not be reproduced.

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