April 28, 2021

Questions to consider.

  1. How much time do you spend in quadrant #4? Actually, track your time for a day and see what quadrant you spend most of your working day. I know today I have spent way too much time in quadrant #4, which is not good for the organization I work for, the people I work with, or me.
  2. How do you prevent interruptions? We all have them, but how do you minimize them? I am very interested in the concept of a no email workplace. Cognitively, emails are an incredible drag on your brain function and performance. Do you have systems in place on how to handle emails? How about other interruptions?
  3. How do you define a "crisis"? Better yet, what is the difference (in your mind) between a crisis and a mere interruption? My definition of a crisis has shifted dramatically since the pandemic. I have made a "reset" on what I really include in my definition of a crisis.
  4. Take 30 minutes a day (minimum) and savor your time in quadrant #2. Long-term planning, visioning, and goal setting are imperative for your own personal/professional growth and the growth of your organization and the people you lead. Find a time in the day to listen to a podcast, read a book, or just think. I do this every day. I have Evernote on all of my devices so I can capture all of the crazy ideas I get. For the next week, carve out space for your quadrant #2 time. Take notes on the ideas that come to you. At the end of the week, review your ideas and create a plan to pursue one of the ideas further.

About the author 

Tom Butler, Ph.D.

I believe that public education is for the public good and that education should be uncompromisingly learner-centered. The New Learning Ecosystem points us away from the old model of education that does not serve kids well. All educators regardless of where they work can help lead and contribute to the New Learning Ecosystem.

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