THE KEY IS NOT TO PRIORITIZE WHAT’S ON YOUR SCHEDULE, BUT TO SCHEDULE YOUR PRIORITIES
STEPHEN R COVEY
THE SUCCESSFUL PERSON HAS THE HABIT OF DOING THE THINGS FAILURES DON’T LIKE TO DO
I THANK GOD I LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE DREAMS CAN COME TRUE, WHERE FAILURE IS SOMETIMES THE FIRST STEP TO SUCCESS, AND WHERE SUCCESS IS ONLY ANOTHER FORM OF FAILURE IF WE FOGET WHERE OUR PRIORITIES SHOULD BE
Habit #2 was about doing the right things and Habit #3 is about doing things right. Setting priorities to reach the goals was established in Habit #2. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. One of the reasons most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first. When discussing Habit #3 with your staff you are really telling them to do what they need to do. In Habit # 2 they planned their life and in Habit #3 they are going to do their plan. This is the habit where they learn that it is often ‘easier said than done’.This is the most tedious and disciplined habit and the most important habit that you will teach your staff because this is the habit that teaches them self discipline, self management and will power. It is also the habit where they will be able to start realizing day-in and day-out successes in both their personal and career lives because of working their plan. Concurrently, you will also start realizing day-in and day-out successes because of the efforts that you have put into sharing the wisdom of the 7 habits with your staff.
The sharing and implementation of this habit will go on forever. Plan a meeting where you discuss Habit #3 along with meetings that teach the skills necessary to implement Habit #3. This habit requires huge organizational skills and these skills will need to be taught to your cleaning staff. Teach them how to set priorities. Teach them what makes the difference between things that are urgent and things that are important and teach them how to determine what really is urgent and important.
Plan the meeting time and date where you will introduce the importance of setting priorities and putting first things first and then actually doing those things. Spend time talking about the four quadrants that everything falls into
- Things that are urgent and important
- Things that are not urgent but important
- Things that are urgent and not important
- Things that are not urgent and not important
This is the area that seems to create the largest problem for people when they are setting priorities. Most people spend the majority of their time in the last quadrant and very little time in the second quadrant. Be sure that you are able to express the importance of doing things while they are important so they will never reach the urgent stage. Providing your employees with some tools to help in this area, like a little calendar for them to track their appointments or a little note book to write reminders to themselves or even keep their ‘things to do list’ will help to engage them in this habit.
Research this topic on the internet and prepare your first presentation or use Rags to Riches video Habit #3 to introduce this topic to your cleaning staff. Once the topic is introduced it very easy to keep alive in day-to- day discussions because you will constantly have opportunities to ask your cleaners what quadrant their priority really fell into. Just getting the topic of setting priorities on the table at your office will greatly help to expedite organization in your day-to-day operations.
Seminar Recording: Habit #3 Put First Things First-English
Seminar Recording Worksheet: Habit #3 Put First Things First-English
Seminar Recording: Habit #3 Put First Things First-Spanish
Seminar Recording Worksheet: Habit #3 Put First Things First-Spanish