One simple chart can help you figure out how you should really be investing your time and energy at work


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Becoming a manager should, theoretically, give you more freedom at work. Instead, what often seems to happen is that everyone starts demanding a piece of you until you feel like you’ve got no say over how you spend your days.

Amy Jen Su, co-founder and managing partner of Paravis Partners, has a creative solution to this common dilemma, which she explained in a video published by the Harvard Business Review.

As Su says in the video, you can use a four-quadrant chart to represent — and prioritize — all your responsibilities at work.

The X-axis represents your contributions: How much of an impact are you making on the organization when you do this task? The Y-axis represents your passion: How much do you care about this particular task?

Plot your responsibilities based on your answers to those two questions. Where each one falls indicates how you should prioritize it during your day.

Quadrant 1 is the upper-right-hand box: tasks that you’re passionate about and that make a meaningful difference to the company. These should be your priorities.
Quadrant 2 is the bottom-right-hand box: tasks that you’re either not excited about or are still learning how to do that also add significant value to the company. This is the “tolerate” zone. As Su points out, it’s unrealistic to think you’ll always love everything about your job — there are some parts you’ll simply have to sit with.
Quadrant 3 is the upper-left-hand box: tasks that you love doing but that don’t currently make a clear contribution to the organization. Here’s where you need to elevate, which could mean you need to better explain how this activity will benefit your team in the long run. Or, you could step back and consider what specifically you love about these tasks and …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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