We often do in this quarter.
It is easy to get stuck in the zone of demand where everything seems urgent 🏃and important ❗
This is not a good place to be, at least not for long.
This month I am going to help you move away from continuous urgency by using the Eisenhower Matrix with a twist.
From my book Beyond EfficiencyEverything in the zone of demands (quadrant 1) is urgent and important. Many of the leaders I coach and train like being in this zone. This is where they feel alive; it is where they get the adrenaline pumping and feel efficient. No procrastination or working slowly. The way forward is clear. We need to get this done, go, go, go!
There is nothing wrong with this zone. I can also enjoy being in it. But we don’t want to be stuck in it. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get stuck here, to be in firefighting mode all the time.
The general advice for tasks in this zone is simple: DO. These activities are urgent and important, just DO them.
My additional recommendation is to minimise the time you spend in this zone. Don’t fall in love with it. Adrenaline junkies are rarely able to work with innovation, visions and long-term improvements.