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Application Assignment 2: The Urgent and the Important

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Application Assignment 2 is: “The Urgent and the Important.”

Preparation: Read Covey’s Habit 3 “Put First Things First” and Habit 7 “Sharpening the Saw.” Finally, watch the video “Weekly Planning – A Video from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Moving toward fourth generation time management includes planning on a weekly (rather than daily) basis and includes roles, goals, priorities, and sharpening the saw. This week’s four-part assignment is designed with this in mind:

  1. Using the Time Management Matrix on p. 160 (p. 151 in the 1989 edition) of the Covey text as a guide, record your activities this week (Module 2) by placing them in the appropriate quadrant. Use words or short phrases. Suggestion: Start recording early in the week so you will have less remembering to do later in the week.
  2. Write a paragraph in which you reflect on your completed Time Management Matrix. Did anything surprise you about how much time you are spending in certain quadrants? Did you list any activities in your Time Management Matrix that could have been delegated to someone else?
  3. Review your mission statement (revise, if necessary), roles, and goals. Think about what your top priorities are for next week (Module 3). As Covey says, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” With this in mind, plan the next week (Module 3) using the “Weekly Schedule” portion of the attached outline or use the attached Word doc or PDF. List the roles you identified in Application Assignment 1. Then list at least one goal for the week for each role in the appropriate column. Remember to schedule sharpening the saw activities. Numbering the goals might help. Then schedule each goal either in the “Today’s Priorities” section or in the “Appointment/Commitment” section as appropriate. See pp. 174-175 (pp. 166-167 in the 1989 edition) in the Covey text for an example of how a completed weekly schedule might look.
  4. Write a paragraph in which you reflect on your completed Weekly Schedule. What was it like to plan the upcoming week with roles, goals, priorities, and sharpening the saw in mind? Are there any activities in the Weekly Schedule that you created for Module 3 that could be delegated to someone else? Why or why not?

In all of the application assignments you will complete this semester, be thoughtful and think critically. Strive to hit the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives (application, analysis, evaluation, and creativity or synthesis). In addition, be mindful of writing conventions.

Submit Application Assignment 2 using the link provided by 11:45 p.m. on Sunday of Module 2. You may use the attached “Application Assignment 2 Outline” Word document to organize your submission. Alternatively, you may submit two documents–one answering parts 1, 2, and 4, and a separate weekly schedule (part 3).

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