HOW OFTEN DO YOU PUT SECOND THINGS FIRST?
Surely by this time in life you have set specific goals for your work and you have some ideas for accomplishing them. But how do you decide what to do first?
A measure of your effectiveness is how skillfully you are able to establish your priorities in order to progress toward your goals. With many responsibilities and activities demanding your attention, you need a way to determine which goals receive the investment of your time and your energy. Only with a practical system for setting priorities will you be able to concentrate on the tasks for reaching your goals.
DOING FIRST THINGS FIRST
Problem: You return to your office and find ten telephone messages, and you have only thirty minutes in which to return the calls.
Solution: Rank the calls in order of importance so you make the high-impact calls first.
A rational system evaluates facts, is easy to use, can incorporate flexible criteria, and is accurate. Remember the 80-20 rule: Of all the things you could be doing to reach your goals, it is likely that about 20 percent of your current effort yields 80 percent of your results. So, there is a good reason to work smarter.