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Thursday, February 27, 2003

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers - Habit 3 - Put First Things First

Covey begins this chapter with a quote from Goethe -
"Things which matter most, must never be at the mercy of things that matter least".

In Habits 1 and 2, Covey suggests that we take control and create and clarify our vision for our lives. Habit 3 help us implement that vision.

The key idea to come out of this chapter is the time management matrix. He identifies two factors in every activity, ugency and importance and then identifies the following four quadrants:

1) Urgent and Important - Crises; Pressing Problems; Deadline-Driven Projects
2) Not Urgent and Important - Prevention; Relationship Building; Recognizing New Opportunities; Planning; Recreation
3) Urgent and Not Important - Interruptions; Some Calls and Meetings; Popular Activities
4) Not Urgent and Not Important - Trivia; Busy Work; Some Calls and Meetings; Time Wasters

Urgent matters put us in a reactive mode, when a proactive mode is preferrable. And we should define importance by those activities that help us reach our goals. So Covey stresses that we should try to spend more of our time in Quadrant 2 working on things that are Not Urgent and Important.

In Blogging, this habit presents many challenges. So much of blogging is focused on reacting to the latest news stories, blogosphere post or email. We constantly get distracted from what we wanted to blog about. So we must try to keep our I on the ball. Make sure that the majority of our blogging is fulfilling the "Why Blog?" question we thought about in Habit 2. Of course, that doesn't mean all our blogging entries have to be in Quadrant 2. After all, we're only talking about blogging, it's not really part of our real life - or is it?