Mr. Covey tells us that the first of four generations of time management is differentiated by the fact that it involves taking notes and writing checklists. He says the second generation involves appointment books and calendars. Generation three involves the attributes of generations one and two, plus goal setting and daily planning, in order to reach the goals that have been set. But Mr. Covey says that people are beginning to realize that generation three, although still widely used by many, is not enough. So, Mr. Covey introduces to us here, Generation Four.
The fourth generation of time management places more emphasis on priorities and relationships based on our principles rather than efficiency and scheduling. The management comes from within us in this way rather than external sources which can cause us to sacrifice the very thing that could ultimately cost us our success, “Relationships with others!”