Stephen Covey had an interesting application of the Johari window that helped me to develop and establish priorities for my organization and for my own life. You might find it helpful too.
For today’s discussion, let’s assume that we already have a list of activities and changes that we are considering for next year. (At another time, we’ll talk about how to develop that list.) So, you know what you think you want to do, the question is how do you rank that list in your “to do” list. This is where the Johari window comes in so handy.
Not important but urgent. Example: the phone that won’t stop ringing
Not important and not urgent. Example: playing Solitaire on the computer
Important and urgent. Example: a family member at the emergency room
Important but not urgent. Example: home repair that isn’t a crisis – yet.
My suggestion is that you think hard about those tasks that are important but not urgent; these are the ones that we really need to address. Although these tasks are not critical, they offer huge long term payoffs. You and I both probably have a list of them if we think about it. Maybe some of these examples will prompt your thinking:
- Completing that degree or certification.
- Changing exercise or eating habits.
- Investing in better attic insulation.
- Learning how to use well the business management software that we have already bought.
- Seeing the investment counselor to update financial planning.
- Updating the will.
- Committing to regular, faithful church attendance.
Can you identify one or two items that, if completed next year, will impact your life forever?
Now is the time for us to start developing our 2015 priorities.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverb 16:3)