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GET INTO A HABIT OF
LOOKING AT ACTIVITIES
IN TERMS OF URGENCY
AND IMPORTANCE, BUT
DON'T CONFUSE THE
TWO. THIS CONCEPT IS
VERY SIMILAR TO THE
"EISENHOWER DECISION
MATRIX2" ATTRIBUTED
TO U.S. PRESIDENT
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER,
WHO FAMOUSLY SAID,
"I HAVE TWO KINDS OF
PROBLEMS, THE URGENT
AND THE IMPORTANT.
THE URGENT ARE NOT
IMPORTANT, AND
THE IMPORTANT ARE
NEVER URGENT."

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achieve within those eight or ten hours that
you've made available. Entrepreneur authors
recommend you plan to spend at least 50%
of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of
your results.1
Don't be surprised if you're most effective couple of hours produce the bulk of
your results.

URGENT ISN'T ALWAYS IMPORTANT
Prioritize. One of the reasons we find ourselves unable to master time is we mistake
important activities for urgent ones. Our days
become eaten up with "urgent" interruptions,
and we don't cross things off our lists.
"The key is not to prioritize what's
on your schedule, but to schedule your
priorities."
- Stephen Covey
Get into a habit of looking at activities in
terms of urgency and importance, but don't
confuse the two. This concept is very similar to the "Eisenhower Decision Matrix 2"
attributed to U.S. President Dwight D.
Eisenhower, who famously said, "I have
two kinds of problems, the urgent and the
important. The urgent are not important,
and the important are never urgent." In the
real world, some issues are both important
and urgent (or have been allowed to become
urgent). It's those moments when urgent
becomes a pending crisis that it's got to be
done now, and done right.
Important non-urgent activities are areas
to focus your attention on when not dealing
with a real crisis. This is where you want to
spend most of your time. These can be managed and prioritized to accommodate your
schedule, and some of these may also be able
to be partially delegated. Others may slide
into urgent territory if ignored.
What's critical is learning how to minimize
time spent on non-important "urgent" activities, and to work to eliminate activities that
simply waste your time.

EMPOWER AND DELEGATE
I've shared before how valuable it is to
empower your employees. How you can
reduce the chance of failure, become more
efficient, find cost savings, improve the
management-employee dynamic and gain
hard-won loyalty. But the effect on time
management is one of your biggest payoffs.
By sharing responsibility, training and
trusting your employees, you can create a
team you can count on. You will also gain

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familiarity with each employee's strengths.
The more you can safely remove from your
workload, the more time you have for important tasks that require your focus and contribute to achieving your goals.
I know many business leaders and entrepreneurs have anxiety around delegating. But
the best way to find more time to address the
important "stuff" is take the not-important
stuff off your plate and empower others to
find a solution. You can start with the "trivial" urgent and not-important tasks, and
then move to the more important ones that
don't require you. It's a good way to help you
develop open and clear communications with
your team members while getting over your
anxiety associated with delegating.
So, here's my challenge to you: Tomorrow,
start your day by taking a few minutes to create a schedule and block off every activity you
want to achieve. Prioritize all these activities
by importance and urgency, and delegate
some of those urgent-but-not-important tasks.
Experts say as much as two hours can be saved
per day by adopting an approach based on the
urgent/important principle.3
At the end of the day, review what you
and your team accomplished. Did you
strike everything off your list? Did you feel
a sense of accomplishment? Did you get home
before 6:00pm to enjoy time with family
and friends?

REFERENCES
1. "How to Manage Time with 10 tips that work",
Joe Mathews, Don Debolt and Deb Percival,
Entrepreneur.
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Time_management#The_Eisenhower_Method
3. http://www.timemanagementtraining.com/
time_management-Know-the-Difference-BetweenUrgent-and-Important.html

Ken has worked in the LBM business for over
17 years, including senior management experience in the manufacture of building products.
He has a keen understanding of the relationship among vendors, manufacturers and the
independents, as well as a thorough understanding of the contractor and consumer base
in every region of the country. Ken's highest
priority for Castle is to "buy competitively day
to day" in order to keep its independent dealers
competitive. "The result is that Castle shareholders enjoy greater returns today than ever
before. There can be no greater testament to
the strength of the team we've built," says Ken.
"My job is to make them stronger and stronger."
http://insights.castle.ca/author/kenjenkins/
www.bsiabc.ca


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017

Chair’s Message
Board of Directors
Skate with Santa
Calendar of Events
Pumpkin Patch
Slo-Pitch Tournament
Education Events
Ultimate Show Home II Progress
BSIA Celebrating 80 Years
New BSIA Members
BCFCA Events
President’s Message
BCFCA News and New Members
BCFCA Board Members
BCFCA Flooring Expo
Reject the Slab
NFCA Board Members
The Shell Busey Birthday Roast & Toast
Crown Building Supplies Ltd. – Open House Celebration
Erik Schlaud Promoted at ORGILL
TIMBER MART Builds New Alliance with CFL
Brad Dixon joins Castle
Time is Not the Enemy: You are
5 Interview Habits of Highly Successful Organizations
Index of Advertisers
BSIA Affinity Partner Program
President’s Message: Last Word
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