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Copy of Habit 3: Putting First Things First

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Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 3: Put First things First
Habit 1
: You are in charge of your own choices; take
responsibilities for your own actions.
Habit 2
: The main goals/ focuses in your life.

Habit 3
: Piecing things together; learning how to prioritize between
what's important and urgent. You will learn how to reach
your goals without wasting time, procrastinating, getting
over fears and peer pressure. It keeps you on course.

Habit 3: Putting First Things First
Organizing More Into Your Life
The more you organize and plan the events you have in your life and the things that need to be done, the more time you will have for yourself to enjoy.

If you are disorganized and leave things for last minute so that you're rushed, you will always feel that you're forgetting something important. This way, you will be stressed and unable to complete the important things that need to be done.
Organizing More Into Your Life
In order to pack more into your everyday life, a chart called the
Time Quadrant
to characterize how each type of person deals with completing tasks.

It consists of 2 primary themes:
Important-
The most important things, the first things
that need to be done that contribute to your
goals and missions.
Urgent-
Things that demand your immediate attention, in
your face things, such as interruptions.

The Time Quadrant
This consists of 4 types of people:

1) The Procrastinator
2) The Prioritizer
3) The Yes- Man
4) The Slacker

Quadrant 1: The Procrastinator
This Quadrant includes things that are both urgent and important, there will always be things that we can't control such as; getting sick or meeting an important deadline.

The procrastinator puts tasks off until the last minute which results in being a "stress case" and you'll seldom be performing to your potential. They're addicted to urgency and thriving under pressure. Planning ahead is simply out of the question since it would ruin the excitement of doing everything at the last possible moment.
By: Katie Riberdy
Angela Lim

This habit will help in achieving your goals with organization and reduce the stresses that come as a result. It will aid in choosing between what needs to be done, and what isn't a must.
1) Organizing more into your life
2) The Time Quadrants
3) How to Plan/ Stay on Track
4) Overcoming Fears/ Obstacles
5) Defeating Peer Pressure
For example: Packing a Suitcase
The Procrastinator
The Prioritizer
The Yes- Man
The Slacker
The motto:

"I'm going to stop procrastinating - sometime soon"
The Procrastinator
The result of too much time in Quadrant One:
Stress and Anxiety
Burnout
Mediocre performance
Quadrant 2: The Yes-Man
The Yes-Man
The motto:

"Tomorrow, I'm going to be more assertive - If that's okay with you."

Quadrant 4: The Slacker
This is the category of waste and excess. These activities are neither urgent nor important. These people don't do anything productive and loves anything in excess such as; to much TV, or sleep. School and important tasks are the last things on their mind, and they have little motivation.
Quadrant 2: The Prioritizer
This is the most important and best group to be characterized in. It consists of things that are important but not urgent like leaving time for relaxing friendships and planning ahead. The prioritizer looks at tasks that needs to be done and makes sure that first things get done first and last things last. Since they're on top of things they avoid stress and burnout from cramming due to urgent last minute assignments.
The Prioritizer
The results of living in Quadrant 2 are:

Control of your life
More time for yourself
Balance
High performance
The main goal in order to succeed in Habit 3 is to try and spend more time in Quadrant 2.
The things in this Quadrant are urgent but not important. It is deceptive because urgent things have the appearance of being important. This consists of people trying to please others by responding to their every desire. These are activities that are important to others but not important to you. The Yes-Man has a hard time saying no, and ends up disappointing themselves in order to be popular or blend in. Quadrant 3 is the worst since it has no backbone.
The results of spending to much time in Quadrant 3:

Reputation for being a " Pleaser"
A lack of discipline
Feeling like a doormat
The results of living in Quadrant 4 are:

Lack of responsibility
Guilt
Flakiness
It is a struggle but they have learned to say no in order to make time for themselves, even if it means pushing aside other things. This maintains the balance.
This is the Quadrant we are learning to be in.
Planning Wisely
1) Shrink Quadrant 1 by procrastinating less
- If you do important things earlier, you reduce stress!

2) Say no to Quadrant 3 activities
-Learn to say no to unimportant things that pull you away from more
important ones; by saying "no", you're saying "yes" to your priorities.

3) Cut down on slacker activities in Quadrant 4
- You do not have time to waste; relax but excessive relaxing is useless.
Planning Strategies
PICKING UP A PLANNER
A planner will give you a visual reminder of the events or tasks that need to be completed. It is to free your time and ensure that you don't double book yourself or forget important occasions.

With a planner, you need to focus on what needs to be done and plan weekly.

Planning Strategies
Step 1: Identify Your Big Rocks
Plan what you want to accomplish in the upcoming week; these are called your
Big Rocks.
They are mini goals that could lead to longer-term goals.
Limit your big rocks to a maximum of 10-15.

Examples include:
Study for science test
Party at Isabella's
Exercise 3 times
Write in journal
Call Grandma


Planning Strategies
Step 2: Block Out Time for YOUR Big Rocks
Book the most important things that need to be done FIRST in your planner. Prioritize to make sure they are accomplished rather than those that are not as important. In the spaces that you have left, that can be used to relax/renew or for your "smaller rocks/pebbles".


Planning Strategies
Step 3: Schedule Everything Else
Once the big rocks and most important tasks have been scheduled, you can then fill in the rest of the spaces with other little to-dos, daily tasks and appointments. Planning and recording upcoming events such as concerts, etc may be a good idea as well.
ACTIVITY
Big Rocks
- Larger and more important tasks

Pebbles
- Smaller daily tasks which aren't a priority
Comfort Zone
Your comfort zone as well as peer pressure are the 2 main reasons we hold back from accomplishing our goals and putting things first in our lives.
Your comfort zone is something you feel more safe and familiar with but taking risks and feeling uncomfortable trying something new are great opportunities to explore your full potential. This is called your courage zone.
"You miss 100% of the shots you never take"- Wayne Gretzky
Controlling Fear
Fear can stop you from taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone, but don't let fears make decisions for you. Take a chance and you could discover your true potential. Even if you are scared of failing, you automatically fail if you don't try.
Some things that you may hold back from due to fear:

Meeting new people
Trying out for a team
Auditioning for a play
Changing a job
Breaking an old habit

Rising Every Time You Fall
Although things may not go as planned, we learn every time we try something out of our comfort zone.

"Winning is nothing more than rising each time you fall."

Many of the successful and well-known people have experienced losses before they could make it to where they are today:

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team
Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times
Albert Einstein didn't talk until he was 4
Beethoven's music teacher had no hope in his ability to compose
Overcoming Peer Pressure
What is it?
Following the choices of the majority; it influences our everyday lives.
(Ex. Finding what to wear)

Why is it hard to resist?
It gives us the sense of belonging and fitting in.

How do we resist peer pressure?
Changing the negative environment and surround yourself with positive peer pressure.
Gaining self-respect and confidence will help you lead your own path instead of following one; build up your personal bank account, and set goals.

Is all peer pressure bad?
No, a friend may impose positive peer pressure such as doing the right thing and standing up for what you believe in.
In Conclusion
Habit 3: Putting First Things First is the hardest habit to carry out and follow .

In order to be successful, you need
discipline
and
willpower
. This is to accomplish the things that you may not want to do but have no choice. Staying determined, motivated, committed and resisting peer pressure will make Habit 3 easier to follow.
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