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The Idea of First Things First

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Stephen R. Covey in his best selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, places the idea of “first things first” as the third habits of time management.  Putting first things first basically means a principle of personal management by which one orders his/her schedule and/or to-do list in accordance to the importance of things.  The principle can vary person to person.  Some may think that their careers are the most important things for them, but other may find that their families are the most important.  Whatever the principle is, a highly effective person will arrange his/her schedule based on his/her principle in accordance to the importance.  I think the idea is a good and simple way that only requires self-determination and the awareness to keep this habit, putting first things first, in the daily life. Then, you can be a highly effective person as well. :)

Message For Christians:
In the kingdom of God, there is also a priority, which sadly is seldom mentioned or taught in the Church.  This is evident in the way how/what most Christians pray.  Their prayers are similar to shopping.  God, I need food to feed my family; I need a place to shelter my children; I need money to pay bills; I need this; I need that; … etc.  However, the Bible (Matt 6:24-34) tells us not to be anxious for our life as to what we shall eat, or what we shall drinks, or what we shall clothe ourselves, for our heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But instead "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" [His way of doing and being right], and then all these things shall be added to you.  As long as you are a citizen in His kingdom, your welfare and well-being are His business and so His responsibility, and He will certainly care for you.  "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble for its own."  First things first for all you Christians — God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

~KKai

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4 responses to “The Idea of First Things First

  1. Joen January 17, 2006 at 11:09

    好像慢慢地把你这篇文章消化,但是时间关系还是很快的读了一遍之后就留言了。:P我觉得时间管理是蛮个人化的,可能某一样东西在不同人的心目中地位位子不一样,当然原因自然是占据在心中成分不一样。但是日子久了要求也变了,可能某样东西的地位相对的转换,或许变低或变高。

  2. KKai January 17, 2006 at 01:53

    I finally took time to finish the second part …. XD

  3. KKai January 16, 2006 at 00:32

    Willow:Sorry, …I only typed out the first part and then decided to go to sleep :p

  4. Unknown January 15, 2006 at 13:28

    That book is one of my favorites, as far as self-help books go! That and "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff" and "The Four Agreements" (Not always so good with taking all of the advice though, but I try)Willow

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