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First Things First

February 15, 2011

Michael Hyatt talks about how to schedule your time by placing the most important priorities on your schedule first.  He references Stephen Covey’s book, First Things First on placing the biggest “rocks” of your schedule first and then filling in around them.  Some insight from Hyatt:

Here a few “rocks” you might consider scheduling first:

  • Pursuit of God. When do you spend time reading the Bible and praying?
  • Intellectual Growth. What books do you want to read? What conferences do you want to attend? If you don’t schedule time for this, it won’t happen. Remember: leaders are readers and readers are leaders.
  • Physical Exercise. Do you have a defined exercise routine? When do you do it? How much time do you spend? You are choosing today the quality of life you will experience in ten years.
  • Your Spouse. Do you have a daily time for debriefing and checking in emotionally? Do you have a weekly date night? Great marriages don’t just happen. They are cultivated. In my opinion, your marriage is your most strategic asset—or liability.
  • Important Projects. The tyranny of the urgent will crowd out the important if you aren’t careful. This is the secret of highly productive people. They schedule time for the really important projects so they don’t get side-tracked by trivial pursuits.
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