While the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People explains in-depth how the quadrant works, this article will show you how to use it for prioritizing your tasks.
Every activity can be put in one of the four quadrants and this can be used for prioritizing tasks.
Imagine for a moment that you are an online entrepreneur (perhaps you even are) and you have one very successful website.
This website is your primary source of income and your goal is to make it even more successful where it is making ten times the income you are getting now.
Being able to prioritize is an essential skill and in order to be productive, you have to invest your time wisely.
A great way to prioritize is by using the Covey Quadrant that was popularized by Stephen Covey.
If you could identify all your Q4 tasks and eliminate most of them, you would free up a lot of time you could otherwise invest in quadrant two tasks.But if you want to be effective and productive, quadrant two should be your best friend.Another way of looking at this matrix is that you only want to live your life in the upper part of the quadrant as much as possible.You need downtime to not get burnt out and that is where quadrant four comes into the picture.The challenge is you allocate most of your time to quadrant two, with just enough of time spent in quadrant four to get by.So you work on the things in quadrant one to get by, while you use the remaining time in quadrant two.