Put the first things, first

Put the first things, first

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Published: 13/02/2020

Put the first things first.

Today I took part in a training event at the company I work with which mostly covered personal behaviors. I guess these events are very typical of large companies. Going into these things usually most participants are fairly deflated expecting their next couple of hours to be completely wasted. I’ll be honest, this was my expectation this morning.

Put the first things, first! This is one of the 7 habits written by Franklin Covey that I really felt hit home with me and got me thinking. The basic premise is for you to think of 3-5 things that mean the most to you. The usual response is your children, spouse, pets and family etc you’re then asked to think of 3-5 things that you do most often in your free time. The response to this is usually cooking, watching TV, reading a book, working and socialising etc. A lot of the time people spend their time living their day to day with out putting the things that mean the most to them first.

I’m sure this is true for some and not for others but I will openly admit that it got me thinking that the people and time that I know is most important to me are not aligned with the things that come first in my day to day life.

Time for a change

My daughter is getting closer and closer to her first birthday and it feels as though the time has absolutely flown by, I’m sure this is perfectly common but having looked at my daily habits from a different perspective I think its time to start something new.

Family time comes first, anything and everything else is a luxury. I am very fortunate in that I have a fantastic job that I thoroughly enjoy and I work with some absolutely amazing clients through my freelance work that I wouldn’t change. I think it comes down to managing my time that not only best suits me but my family too.