Putting first things first is all about learning to manage ourselves to a higher level. When you put first things first you are working by priorities and not allowing interruptions to knock you off course.
We all struggle with the same dilemma. We are caught between the urgent and the important.
Urgent items are things that need your immediate attention, such as a ringing phone, your phone beeping with notifications, people interrupting you, etc,
Important items have to deal with results. Important items drive you to your values, goals, and overall mission.
Author Peter Drucker says, “Effective people don’t solve problems - they pursue opportunities. They feed opportunities and starve problems.”
It’s not that effective people don’t have urgent things pop up, they just think in advance and act preventatively so they keep that number down.
What can you do to put first things first? Here are a couple ideas: