Habit # 3. Put First Things First. KEY PARADIGMS. Effectiveness requires balancing important roles, relationships and activities. “Things that matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least”. Today you will learn to:. Clarify your goals and achieve them
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Put First Things First
Urgency: An activity is urgent if you or others feel that it requires immediate attention.
Leads to stress and anxiety
Feeling burnt out
Polly the Procrastinator’s motto “I am going to stop procrastinating… sometime soon”. Don’t expect her to study for a test until the night before…or expect her to get gas. She’s too busy driving.Q1: The Procrastinator
People Pleaser requires immediate attention.
These things are important to other people than yourself
“He who tries to please everyone pleases no one”
Lack of personal discipline
End up feeling like a “doormat” for others to wipe their feet on
Yanni the Yes-Man’s motto is “Tomorrow, I am going to be more assertive – if that’s OK with you”. He really didn’t want to join the swimming team – he liked art. But his dad was a swimmer, and, of course, he didn’t want to let him down.Q3: The Yes-Man (Where’s Q2?…save the best for last)
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone” -Bill Cosby
Lack of responsibility requires immediate attention.
Less chance of success
Higher anxiety/stress level
Higher chance of depression
Tends to be flaky
Slacker’s credo: “Why try harder when this is good enough?”
Professional loafer; sleeping until noon takes real skill, after all. School is the last thing on their mind. They are young and healthy, so why work? Doing nothing rocks!Q4: The Slacker
Control in your life requires immediate attention.
Accountable for actions
Less stress and anxiety
More effective in school, life and in relationships
Polly the Prioritizer is by no means perfect, but she can balance her responsibilities with the things she enjoys and has a fulfilling, balanced life. She is not as stressed because she has nothing and no one looming over her.Q2: The Prioritizer
Now let’s go over HOW to plan…
Step 1: Identify Your “Rocks”
Step 2: Block Out Time For Your “Big Rocks”
Step 3: Schedule Everything Else