Habit 3: Put First Things First {Big Rocks!}

I’ve had this blog in my mind all evening–little tidbits of my day that I wanted to share, the evening ritual of bathing Gabe and getting him to bed.  But unfortunately I did all the other “Supermom” type stuff that I do on the evenings that Javi has class: wash clothes (4 loads!  How can a fam of 3 have so many dirty clothes?!), take out the trash, wash the dishes, pick up random stuff and put it away, write out Christmas cards, and catch up with my cousins via text.  *whew*  So all the fun tidbits went out the window 😉  But I do have Habit 3 to share with you, which actually applies to tonight.

To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay. There’s no need to overextend yourself. All it takes is realizing that it’s all right to say no when necessary and then focus on your highest priorities.

Habit 1 says, “You’re in charge. You’re the creator.” Being proactive is about choice. Habit 2 is the first, or mental, creation. Beginning with the End in Mind is about vision. Habit 3 is the second creation, the physical creation. This habit is where Habits 1 and 2 come together. It happens day in and day out, moment-by-moment. It deals with many of the questions addressed in the field of time management. But that’s not all it’s about. Habit 3 is about life management as well–your purpose, values, roles, and priorities. What are “first things?” First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth. If you put first things first, you are organizing and managing time and events according to the personal priorities you established in Habit 2.

Ah, does this resonate with me as a mom.  I just illustrated that I am trying to do it all–I mean, to a point, we have to do it all.  Who else is going to come here and wash my dirty dishes and laundry for me?  {Oh, I just thought of a great xmas present for me: a maid!}  But I find myself saying, sure I can do that, or even volunteering for more stuff.  Dr. Covey is trying to point out that many of us try so hard to do all the small stuff, we don’t have the time or energy to devote to the big stuff.  I consider this blog very important to me (a “big rock” as you’ll see in the video–or at least a medium one 😉 ) but yet I didn’t put it first.  Here’s the video about the Big Rocks, and it’s definitely worth your time if you can spare 5 minutes.  It illustrates Habit 3 perfectly.

I continue to count my blessings, to consider everything a miracle, and to be the keeper of my own weather–the decider of my fate, my attitude, and my actions or reactions.  The 7 habits have definitely helped to enrich my already meaningful life.  And at Christmas time, there’s nothing better than that!

Hope you have a wunderbar week!  Get ready for Christmas time 🙂

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2 Responses to Habit 3: Put First Things First {Big Rocks!}

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