Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Keeping What's Important Up Front

As I navigate a variety of tasks and functions this summer, I am constantly trying to prioritize my duties and obligations around items that directly support student achievement. However, in the hub bub of the day, this can be very difficult. Problems and jobs arrive over the phone, via email, and through office drop-ins. I have found myself returning to Covey's Time Management Matrix. This has helped me immensely as I decide where to place my efforts and energies.

For me, the biggest problem is deciphering which items and tasks belong in which quadrants. This takes careful reflection and planning. Which items are urgent, but not important? How many calls, emails, and requests do not relate to my vision and focus for student learning? It takes time to develop an acuity for these items, and dealing with them can be delicate.

So, after some careful reflecting, here are my QUANDRANT II priorities for this upcoming year:
  • Help teachers use technology effectively in their classrooms and give them constant, responsive feedback about it
  • Help teachers implement a standards based gradebook and standards based report card
  • Work with a district level data team to analyze trends in student achievement and determine instructional needs for the district

What do you have in QUADRANT II for this upcoming year? Did I forget anything? Let me know!

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  1. Sure, Quadrant I is the most important, but IV is the most desirable!

    However, I surely won't quabble with your Quadrant II priorities!

  2. Well, I certainly can't argue with that!

  3. A very interesting concept. I'm going to read more about this method. Time Management for System Administrators by Thomas A. Limoncelli also has some insight into technology prioritization.

  4. Thanks for the great reference. I'm going to have to check that book out.



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