Last week I was invited to join a group of aspiring leaders at Salisbury University. Engrossed in conversations of what works and what doesn’t work, the two speakers — Henry Wagner (@) and Ruth Malone — offered great wisdom about Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I admit, the reading was required for a graduate course at sometime, but I skimmed it and got by.
However, this time was different. Wagner’s compassion for Covey’s work and simplistic expectations made me reevaluate how I am working within my classroom and school community. Reflecting on my actions, I had the tendency to be a loose cannon over quadrant IV activities because I made too much out of them. I wasn’t sure where my priorities are with my daily activities.
Now this chart is posted on the wall behind my desk constantly being updated. Understanding what needs to be a top priority (Quadrant I) and ongoing important events has made a big difference already. In addition, it has helped me be a better planner for all the responsibilities I commit to while at school!