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Habit 3: Put First Things First

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Danielle Lamotte

on 21 January 2016

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Put First Things First
Habit 3
Things may come up or your plan did not go quite like you thought it would.

Even if you don’t accomplish everything you set out to, you probably accomplished more than if you had not planned at all.
Adapt Daily
Take 15 minutes each week to plan your week. Not daily, not monthly

Step 1

-What are the most important things I need to do this week? Limit the number to no more than 10

-These are the big rocks

-Look at each role you fulfill (i.e student, friend, family member, employee, individual, teammate)
Plan Weekly
This is the category of waste and excess. There is nothing here that is urgent or important

What appears to be relaxation or renewal turns into wasted time
The results of Q4 are
-Lack of responsibility
Quadrant 4-The Slacker
When you pack for a trip, if you are more organized then you can fit more into your suitcase!

To get more organized in your life to fit more in, you can use the

Time Quadrant Model

which divides things into important and urgent categories
Packing More into Your Life

Does this system work?
Step 3 – Schedule Everything else

Fill in day with the little to-dos like daily tasks (take out garbage) and appointments
Step 2 – Block out time for your big rocks.

By seeing the important things listed, you can then plan when you will do them

-Study for that test on Thursday
-Go to volunteer
-Get birthday present
We all spend time in all the quadrants, but the goal should be to increase the time spent in Q2

-Shrink Q1 by procrastinating less

-Say no to Q3 activities

-Cut down on Q4, slacker activities
Where do you spend most of your time?
The quadrant of excellence!

The place where you want to spend the most time

This person plans ahead for doing first things first
Results of spending time here are
-Control of your life
-High performance
Quadrant 2- The Prioritizer
People who spend a lot of time in this quadrant attend to matters that are urgent and may seem important, but are not. For example, a ringing phone. This quadrant is also full of things that are important to other people, but are not important to you

Results of spending too much time here...
Being a people pleaser
Lack of discipline
Feeling like a doormat for others to wipe their feet on
Quadrant 3 – The Yes-Man
There will always be Q1 things that we can’t control
Last minute meeting

By putting things off, like volunteering until the last couple of weeks, people become a “stress case”
Spending too much of your time here causes
Stress and anxiety
Mediocre performance
Quadrant 1 – The Procrastinator
Important and Not Urgent
-The “Prioritizer”
Planning/Goal setting
Essay due in a week

Not Urgent and Not Important
-The “Slacker”
Too much TV
Endless phone calls
Too much computer games
Mall marathons
Time wasters
Important and Urgent
-The “Procrastinator”
Exam Tomorrow
Friend gets Injured
Late for Work
Project Due Today

Urgent and Not Important
-The “Yes-Man”
Unimportant phone calls
Other people’s small problems
Peer pressure
There are 4 Time Quadrants…
Important - Activities that contribute to your mission and goals
Tests, exercise, relationships, work, projects

Urgent-Pressing things, in-your-face-things, activities that demand immediate attention
Phone calls, interruptions, a test tomorrow, car breaks down
What is Important?/What is Urgent?
Habit 2 – you decided what was most important to you, what should be first
Habit 3 – helps you plan on how to put those things first

-Will power- the strength to say yes to your most important things

-Won’t power- the strength to say no to less important things and to peer pressure
Not enough time to get it all done!
Put First Things First
Habit 3
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