Archive for April, 2012

The 4 Quadrants of Time Management

Dr. Stephen Covey explains in his writing that all of our time is spent in one of four quadrants, things that are:

I. Important and urgent
II. Important but not urgent
III. Not important but urgent
IV. Not important and not urgent

Quadrant I items are easy

Think about it for a second. If you realize that something is important and urgent, you’re probably going to do it. Right?

Most of us who are leaders have the ability to recognize and do the things that are important and urgent. These are the things that we simply must do to stay in business.

Quadrant IV items are almost as easy

We understand that those items that are not important and urgent are a waste of our time. If you are reading this, I’m going to assume that you already understand this. An example of a quadrant IV item is watching TV, especially when done in excess. The same goes for checking your personal Facebook and Twitter while you are supposed to be working as these both waste your time. These activities often catch us by surprise in that we don’t realize how quickly time can be wasted doing these activities.

Quadrant III has the “not important but urgent” items

Think about some not important but urgent items. If you constantly leave your e-mail open during the day, you are probably bombarded with these not important but urgent emails on a daily basis. If something was truly important and urgent, someone would call to tell you, right?

For me I personally hate wasting time on email and have an auto-reply set up letting people know that I only check my email once a day or once every day thanks to tips from The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. If something is truly important, people will call me or come see me. The majority of emails are not important, but appear to be urgent. My time is too valuable to spend all day replying to emails.

Try this in your office…

Ask yourself what you or some of your team members spend time on that is really not taking you to your goals.

Activities like this will help you figure out what’s truly important in your business.

Quadrant II is the most important use of your time.

The things that fall under this category directly impact the quality of life that you have. Such things that fall under this category are exercise, strategic planning, goal setting, reading nonfiction leadership/business books, taking a class, relationship building, having a social life, etc.

family time

We can all agree that these are important things in our life, but are they urgent? These are some of the things that help us rejuvenate and refresh our minds and help us improve. The problem is that we often ignore these things because they aren’t urgent, and we tend to avoid them the most.

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If you don’t exercise and eat right (you’re too busy) you will have the opportunity to exercise and eat right when your health fails you and you suddenly can’t work on your precious business anymore. These not-so-urgent activities, when left undone, have the potential to become a huge cost to you. This is why it’s important to budget time to do only quadrant I and II avtivities, while avoiding quadrant IV activities as much as possible.

Oh yeah, you need to start delegating the things in quadrant III.

The concept of the 4 Quadrants of Time Management was from the book First Things First. Another must-read book by Stephen Covey is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Do you have any other questions about the 4 Quadrants?

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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What does AuthorRank have to do with SEO?

I just finished reading the article What is AuthorRank? and really enjoyed the infographic they have set up there.

As I’ve been working on building up an SEO company and providing other businesses with these services over at Brain Smart SEO, I thought I should learn about this and even share what I was learning… Okay, maybe I’m a little obsessed and want to dominate the first page of Google for my clients. There…I said it.

Anyway, after learning about the benefits of AuthorRank and how easily it can be added to your websites I decided to create a video tutorial on how to do it.

Watch this video tutorial:

Rel=Author – How To Do Google Rel=Author in WordPress

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Steps to setting up AuthorRank:

1) Go to Google+
2) Copy your Google+ profile url
3) Edit Users in WordPress
4) Add Url + “?rel=author” to the end of the URL
5) Add website to Google+

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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Vibram Five Fingers and the Barefoot Running Movement

Have you ever heard of these crazy shoes? The Vibram Five Fingers have been making a huge scene lately and for a good reason.

These shoes are at the forefront of the barefoot running movement.

Learn More About Vibram Five Fingers Here

What’s the deal with the barefoot running movement?

There are a lot of different reasons for this movement finally making a mainstream appearance. With how content spreads on the internet, it was simply a matter of time until more people started sharing the benefits of running barefoot.

It also helps when a company like Vibram Five Fingers comes around and makes a community that people can join. This community is all about people moving to living naturally with walking barefoot or wearing the Five Fingers to feel like you are walking barefoot.

You can check out some more articles about the barefoot running movement below…

What About Running Completely Barefoot?

You can learn more about running barefoot at


To learn about why barefoot running works and how to get started check out the article below:

“Since the launch of Vibram FiveFingers® in 2006, the concept of minimalism, and minimalist running in particular, has spawned a recurring public debate. So, how are we supposed to do this minimalist/barefoot thing? The truth is, there isn’t a single correct approach – it’s probably more complicated than that. However, as one of the prominent leaders in this movement, we want to give you Vibram’s take on it. We believe that moving and running in FiveFingers can make us healthier, happier, and more connected to our bodies. We hope the following information will help you discover how YOU can safely explore the joys of natural movement.” Read more here… Why Barefoot Works

Recommended Books

Barefoot Running Step by Step

Barefoot running has garnered lots of attention due to the mega-bestseller Born to Run while products like the Vibram® FiveFinger Shoes have tripled in sales and top athletic companies like Nike® and Adidas® are declaring barefoot running the next big thing. However, barefoot running involves more than simply taking off your shoes and hitting the track and Barefoot Running Step by Step teaches runners how to train their feet and body to run barefoot properly and in a way that will dramatically reduce injuries.

  • Separates the facts from hype
  • Improve your strides
  • Improved endurance
  • Fewer injuries


Recommended Book

Born to Run

born to run book coverAn epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

  • Learn the running habits
  • Pushing your body to its limits
  • Inspire your body

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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