• Habit 3

    Habit 3:  Put First Things First 

    (Work First, Then Play)


     Principles and Concepts:

    • Reactive vs. proactive responses
    • The freedom to choose
    • Choose your weather
    • Responsibility, choice, accountability, initiative, and respect

     

    Paradigm:

    • Common:  I spend time on what's most urgent.
    • Highly Effective:  I spend time on what's most important.

     


     Practices:

    • Focus on your highest priorities.

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    • Eliminate the unimportant.

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    • Plan every week.
      1. Connect with mission, roles, and goals.
      2. Schedule the Big Rocks.
      3. Organize the rest.

     

    • Stay true in the moment of choice.

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    Results (I am disciplined and get the most important things done.)

    Some results I might expect from living Habit 1 at a higher level are:

    • Increased organization and productivity.
    • Fewer crises.
    • A reputation for follow-through.
    • More life balance and peace of mind.

     


    Books that reinforce Habit 3:  Put First Things First

    Lower Elementary

    • Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
    • The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    • Alejandro's Gift by Richard E. Albert
    • Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill

     

    Upper Elementary

    • The Week Mom Unplugged the TVs by Terry Wolfe Phelan
    • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
    • The TV kid by Betsy Byars
    • Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter