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Habit 3: Put First Things First

Principles of Effectiveness

Focus, integrity, discipline, and prioritization.

What It Means...

Put First Things First is at the heart of effective self-management. It’s the ability to organize our time around the most important things.


"I spend time on what’s most urgent."

Highly Effective

"I spend time on what’s most important."

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Focus on your highest priorities.

Eliminate the unimportant.

Plan every week.

Stay true in the moment of choice.