#3 Put First thing First

#3 Put First thing First

"What is the most important thing in this moment?" - Focus on the things that really matter.

Categories your tasks - 

  1. Important & Urgent - Manage the time.
  2. Important & Not-Urgent - Focus on these tasks.
  3. Not-Important & Urgent - Try to avoid.
  4. Not-Important & Not-Urgent - Limit these tasks.

Make a priority list for your tasks and then do what necessary to do at that moment. 

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen R. Covey

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Funeral Test

Imagine yourself at a funeral. Many people are gathered for the person who has died. When you see the name of the dead person - you see that it's your name.

Now there are 3 persons who are going to give a short speech about you. One person is one of your family members (maybe wife or husband, son or daughter), the second person is your best friend and the third person is your office friend.

Now you decide what you want to hear from those three persons - How good are you as a husband or wife, dad or mom, as a best friend, as an office worker?

Are you doing those things now that you want to hear from them?

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#1 Be Proactive
  • Circle of Influence: The things you can control - Attitude, education, skills you learn, enthusiasm, habits, hobbies, etc.
  • Circle of Concern: The things you don't have control over - other's opinions, other's mistakes, the economy, what people think of you, politics, weather.

Reactive people more focus on the circle of Concern and they blame others for their situation.

But Proactive people only focus on the circle of influence and take responsibility for themselves.

"You either act or you're acted upon."

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#5 Seek First to Understand then to be Understood

To understand someone you have to listen to them first - you need to see the problem from their perspective first. 

Try Empathic Listening - You listen first, then try to understand and ask questions about the thinking process.

"The time to be understood is when the conversation leads to logic and advice is requested."

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#7 Sharpen the Saw

Taking care of your health beforehand is always better than going to the doctor after you feel ill.  

This habit is focused on continuous growth and improvement and embodies all the other habits.

You need to focus on Quadrant 2 (Important & Not-Urgent) activities -

  • Physical Exercise
  • Spiritual Practices - Meditation, Gratefulness, etc.
  • Cognitive Learning - reading books, listening to podcasts
  • Social Health - spend time with family, friends.

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

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STEPHEN R. COVEY

"If I want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control myself."

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Ethics
  • Personal Ethics: This is the appearance to others. It will be seen as fake if it isn't rooted in the character. Like - public image, attitude, personality.
  • Character Ethics: This is the foundation of your character. It cannot be faked. This the place where you sow your seeds of greatness. Like - Integrity, Humility, Courage.

Focus your efforts on the character ethics and the personal ethics will be set automatically. And remember 

There are no Shortcuts.

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#4 Think Win-Win

Create an Abundance Mindset - There are plenty of things for all and if I want to win, no one has to lose.

Always think of a Win-Win situation where both sides are mutually happy with the final decision.

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These first three habits are about self-mastery or becoming Dependent to Independent.

But to achieve more you need to go to the next step (habits - #4, #5 & #6)- Becoming Interdependent or Thinking like a team - The attitude of 'WE'.

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#6 SYNERGY

Collaborate and value the differences of others.

There are many things that cannot be achieved by only one person, you need to take help from others and also help them.

The key idea is - "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

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#2 Begin with End in Mind

What do you want in 5, 10, 15 years of your life with clear details

Why do you want to be remembered?

Find your WHY. Write it down as a Personal Mission Statement. And remember - 'Anything can be possible!'

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Stephen R. Covey

"Courage isn't absent of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important."

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STEPHEN R. COVEY

"How you see the problem is a problem."

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STEPHEN R. COVEY

"I'm free to choose and I'm responsible for my choices."

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STEPHEN R. COVEY

"Sow a thought reap an action; Sow an action reap a habit; Sow a habit reap a character; Sow a character reap a destiny."

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We're in charge. We choose the scripts by which to live our lives. Use this self-awareness to be proactive and take responsibility for your choices. Reactive people take a passive stance -- they believe the world is happening to them. They say things like:

"There's nothing I can do."

"That's just the way I am."

Proactive people, however, recognize they have responsibility or "response-ability," which Covey defines as the ability to choose how you will respond to a given stimulus or situation.

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Most leaders have familiar approaches to managing time: setting goals, planning, delegating, tracking commitments, and creating to-do lists. While these approaches do help in self-organization, they are not adequate in helping achieve high levels of sustainable, long-term performance.

The challenge is to have a fast-paced occupation while avoiding burnout, slippage, and sub-optimal performance.

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Objective Vs Subjective Time

Whereas objective time focuses on the clock and calendar as a measure of time external to individuals, subjective time brings in the internal, personal experience of time.

In this way, subjective time reflects how people perceive, interpret, and mentally travel through time, using memories and forecasts to make sense of the present. 

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My Fixation on Time Management Almost Broke Me

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