First Things First

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Where were the majority of things you spend time on ?

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Based on the book: "First Things First" by Stephen R. Covey​

What are the most important things in your life?

Do they get as much care, emphasis, and time as you'd like to give them?

Take a look at this organizing process from Covey's book.

First you divide tasks into these quadrants:

1-Important and Urgent (crises, deadline-driven projects)
2-Important, Not Urgent (preparation, prevention, planning, relationships)
3-Urgent, Not Important (interruptions, many pressing matters)
4-Not Urgent, Not Important (trivia, time wasters)

[Imagine it like a box with 4 quadrants]

Most people spend most of their time in quadrants 1 and 3, while quadrant 2 is where quality happens. "Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things," says Covey. He points you toward the real human needs--"to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy"--and how to balance your time to achieve a meaningful life, not just get things done.

How do YOU measure up ?

What do you think of Covey's technique ? Is it worth it ?

Do you think Time Management is an important part of life ?




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I organize things by consequence:

Top Priority: Do stuff that will get me into trouble if I DON'T do it.

Second Priority: Do stuff that makes up for lost honor points from past mistakes.

Third Priority: Do stuff that will earn honor points with the docs.
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