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Habit 3: Put First Things First
Transcript of Habit 3: Put First Things First
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.
Take 15 minutes each week to plan your week. Not daily, not monthly
-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)
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
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
Quadrant 1 – The Procrastinator
Important and Not Urgent
Essay due in a week
Not Urgent and Not Important
Too much TV
Endless phone calls
Too much computer games
Important and Urgent
Friend gets Injured
Late for Work
Project Due Today
Urgent and Not Important
Unimportant phone calls
Other people’s small problems
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