Self-help books may not be for everyone, and some may even say it is like reading the same book over and over again. But I feel that I got something new from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” written by Stephen R Covey. All the habits listed in the book are important, yet the habit that stood out to me the most was the final habit: Sharpen the Saw.
Everyone needs to take a close look at how they prioritize themselves over everything else going on. I would think that many put family, work, and outside pressures above their own needs. I know in my own life this become difficult. I may do great at it for a period of time but I tend to resort back to putting out fires as they arise.
Being proactive and organization, play a major role in this for me. Being prepared and thinking through things and organizing my time to where I can be the most efficient. Realizing that I am in control of the choices in my life, and the outcome is not controlled by external elements. If I am feeling powerless or stuck, then I do something to change that.
Putting first things first helps with the above, prioritizing and handling the most important things first. Trying to limit myself on the amount of time spent on unproductive tasks, and trying to plan for the week ahead. Making a real effort to leave extra time for meetings, family, and goals.
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” emphasizes the importance of time management and making the right choices for your future. Covey says, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” The importance of gaining an awareness of where we spend energy is a huge step in being proactive.