Stephen Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Habit 3)

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HABIT 3
“PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST”

Habit 3 is the personal fruit, it is the practical fulfillment of Habit 1 and Habit 2. This habit is all about personal time management. It tells us that how can we schedule our priorities and eliminate unimportant things.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We have put a lot of efforts in this project. However it would have not been possible without the kind help and support of all group members. We would like to express our special gratitude to Allah because without HIS help we are not able to do anything. We are also highly thankful to Professor Sajida Nisar for her guidance, supervision as well as for providing necessary information regarding the project and also for her support in completing the project. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to her for her constant encouragement.

Contents
Put First Things First6
Four Generations Of Time Management7
Organize and execute around priorities7
Time Quadrant8
The Time Management Matrix8
Quadrant 1: “The Procrastinator”9
Quadrant 2: “The Prioritize”9
Quadrant 3: “The Yes-Man”9
Quadrant 4: “The Slacker”10
What It Takes To Say “NO”11
The Quadrant II Tool13
Coherence:13
Balance:13
Quadrant II Focus:13
A "People" Dimension:14
Flexibility:14
Portability:14
CONCLUSION14
Becoming Quadrant II Self Manager15
Identifying Roles:15
Selecting Goals:16
Living IT17
Scheduling:18
Advantages of organizing the week instead of the day:18
Daily Adapting:19
Delegation20
Gofer delegation:20
Stewardship Delegation20
1. Desired Results21
2. Guidelines21
3. Resources21
4. Accountability21
5. Consequences21

Summary
To really understand and apply this habit, you need to have first done habit 2 - that is, you should already have defined what is important to you. Without first doing this, habit 3 has no power because you simply cannot separate what is important from what is not important. This representation shows four categories of demand which may be made on your time. Quadrant 1 consists of activities which are both urgent and important - in other words, things to which you absolutely must attend. Why must you do these things? Because they are important - meaning that they contribute to your mission; and they are urgent - meaning that they have some sort of deadline associated with them. Choices about where to invest your time really are made in the other categories; and most people - driven by the concept of urgency - get drawn into Quadrant 3; doing things that consume their time but do not contribute to their goals. Highly Effective People (yes they all fit together you see) understand that the high leverage activities are all Quadrant 2 - important but not urgent. Planning, preparation, prevention, relationship-building, reading, improving your professional knowledge and exercise are all examples of Quadrant 2 activity - not an exhaustive list, by any means. We all intuitively know that Quadrant 2 activities are the key to getting results; but you need to have internalized the first two habits before you can benefit from the high leverage this habit brings. In other words, you first need to have developed the strength of character (proactively) which allows you to be able to say no to demands on your time that fall into Quadrants 2 and 3; and you also need to have defined what importance means for you - otherwise the Quadrants do not exist. Put habits 1,2 and 3 together and you have the ultimate success formula.

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least”

Put First Things First
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he very title of this habit is self-explanatory. It should not require excessive meditation or mulling over for anyone to grasp the true meaning of what Stephan covey is trying to get across through this habit. These four words should be enough to galvanize an intelligent person into considering his way of life and his priorities....
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