Learning how to
Put First Things First
- the essence of good time management - can be a real challenge for many
people. This principle is actually Habit 3 from
Stephen Covey's best-selling book
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Covey's excellent book
had a real impact on my life. In fact, I always recommend it to people who
attend my Personal Development workshops.
There is no
doubt that the principles outlined in the book are fundamental truths, indeed
they were even known to Aristotle. He said that there are three basic steps
that you must take to get what you want out of life ...
Understand that you Can achieve Success
Define what Success represents, for You
Organise your life around its Achievement
he was absolutely right. Don't under-estimate the value of these simple steps
because here you have the ultimate success formula. It is the secret that
everyone who has ever been successful, in any field of endeavour, has used. It
is the real secret of self motivation. You see, we are all truly self
motivated people because the motivation to achieve comes from within;
and you are already motivated to achieve the things you want - the things that
are most important.
In his follow-up book,
First Things First - the definitive work on
Stephen Covey explains that most people are driven by the concept of
urgency. But to really effect positive change in our lives, we need to
reorganise the way we spend our time; based on the concept of importance - not
The 7 Habits
Study the following matrix of
time demands and you will come to realise that for most people, the problem is
that we are continually doing the urgent stuff, at the expense of the
We have no real choice when
it comes to Quadrant 1 activity because Quadrant 1 operates on us; that is,
activity which falls into this category must be done. The real choice
is when it comes to Quadrant 2. We can choose to spend time here or not but
Quadrant 2 is the key to getting things under control.
The results of properly
dedicating ourselves to Quadrant 2 activity are that we will gain control over
what is happening in our lives: we will thereby reduce the time we spend in
Quadrant 1. Time for Quadrant 2 activity, of course, must come from Quadrants
3 and 4; minimise or eliminate the time you spend here.
The 7 Habits
In my workshops, I have been
privileged to be able to teach these important principles and I have been
encouraged see people re-define their lives as a consequence, and go for what
they really want. In order to bring this information to a wider audience via
the internet, I have developed two extremely useful resources.
My comprehensive eBook,
The Deepest Desire of Your Heart
contains information and practical exercises for transforming your life. And
the 4tm Spreadsheet provides an instant analysis of where your time
is being spent in relation to your mission and goals - an extremely useful aid
to instantly see if you are spending enough time on your important priorities
and whether or not you are getting better at the process of realigning your
effort to achieve your purpose.
Take a quick peek at the 4tm Spreadsheet ...
the 4tm Spreadsheet free of charge!
Click the link below for full details.
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Using the 4tm Spreadsheet
is very simple. It takes no more that one or two minutes at the end of each
day to enter an approximation of where you have spent your time that day. It
then produces two important graphical representations. Immediately, you can
see where you have been spending your time; you can tell whether or not you
are getting better at managing your time based on the 7 Habits principles. Not
only that, but it also produces a helpful break-down of your most important
This spreadsheet enables you
to get from theory to the practice. It will help you to ensure you focus your
efforts on your most important priorities so that you will absolutely get what
you want out of life.
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