What one thing could you do (something you aren’t already doing now) that if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your personal life? For me, it was finally taking the time to put together this website. I’ve had a mix of failure and success building websites but after helping friends achieve success in learning and growing I finally decided I was ready to share my experiences in learning and confidence with everyone. Putting the first thing first means doing the things that you feel would have the biggest impact long-term and ignoring the less important things.
Determining what’s important and what isn’t is not always easy. You can check email at work all day to make yourself look and feel important but if all you did was check email chances are you didn’t get much accomplished. Importance should be based on results. We should be building and improving the things and relationships that matter most to you.
Urgent Doesn’t Always Mean Important
Let’s say for some reason you thought it was a good idea to stand on some railroad tracks and a train was headed straight for you, it would be pretty urgent and important for you to get out of the way. If you happened to be on the phone with your boss and he’s telling you about a very important meeting with the VP of the company coming soon you would probably feel it wasn’t as important as getting off the tracks at that very moment.
Some things aren’t very urgent but are highly important like managing your health. It might not come at you like a speeding train but if you ignore it for long enough it’ll kill you. Even though we know we should make time for the things that are really important but aren’t urgent we often don’t because we let those important and unimportant urgent tasks take priority.
Decide what your highest priorities are & have the courage to say no to all other things. The enemy of “best” is often “good”.
This is part 3 of 7 of what I learned from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you enjoyed this review of the book, feel free to order your copy.