Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of articles on the pillars of iLEAD Agua Dulce’s educational philosophy and approach. You can find more articles by clicking here.
This week, we look at Habit #3: Put First Things First. This habit, which all of us at iLEAD Agua Dulce are working to put into practice, is all about identifying and organizing one’s priorities. In essence, someone who puts first things first is saying, “I spend time on things that are most important. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow a plan. I’m disciplined and organized.”
Dr. Stephen Covey said that “first things” are basically all those things that you value most in your life. So, you should manage your schedule according to your priorities to get all essential things done on time.
Skills that can be learned by putting first things first include:
An effective way to implement Habit #3, according to Covey, is breaking down activities into four quadrants of urgency and importance:
Covey suggests you become more aware of your internal drive, values, and goals. This makes it easier to say “yes” to the actions that are based on these factors. This way, values and goals are less often overruled by (non-important) urgent matters. Remember that whenever you say “yes” to one thing, you will no longer have time for something else. Time is the most valuable and least replaceable of all resources. Things that appear urgent will most likely trigger a “yes” if you are asked to help out. It’s useful to understand that saying “no” is also a legitimate option.
By identifying what’s most important to you, and where your passions lie, you can more easily learn to put first things first.
Join us next week as we explore Habit #4: Think Win-Win.
For more information on the 7 Habits and other leadership resources, click here to visit the FranklinCovey website.
2020 Summer Meal Program Children can have free meals while school is out this summer! We are participating in the USDA Summer Meal Program. All children between the ages of 1 year and 18 years of age may participate, and they do not need to be enrolled. Meals will be grab-and-go with minimal contact and
To request an extension for your technology checkout through the summer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a learner technology support ticket.
iLEAD Agua Dulce continues serving free meals to our families during the school closure. Our site is providing both breakfast and lunch free to all children under the age of 18 (whether or not they are enrolled at our site) from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. We are serving Grab-and-Go meals through our valet