Lesson 9: Put First Things First Skills: Measuring Effectiveness

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Personal Development Skills


The objective of this lesson is to equip learners with practical techniques for quantitatively measuring and analyzing the effectiveness of ‘Put First Things First’ skills within personal and professional environments. By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to implement these techniques to evaluate and enhance their prioritization efforts, thereby increasing productivity and achieving their goals more efficiently.

Comprehensive Content Overview:

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‘Put First Things First’ is a cornerstone concept in time management and personal productivity, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing tasks based on their urgency and importance. Understanding how to apply this principle effectively requires a grasp of several key skills:

  • Identifying and categorizing tasks into urgent, important, not urgent, and not important..
  • Allocating time and resources to tasks that further personal and professional goals..
  • Avoiding or minimizing time spent on less important or non-urgent tasks..
  • Reflecting on and adjusting priorities regularly based on outcomes and goals..

In-depth Explanations with Actionable Insights:

Task Categorization Effective prioritization starts with categorizing tasks. Create a four-quadrant matrix and place tasks in one of the following categories: Urgent and Important, Not Urgent but Important, Urgent but Not Important, and Not Urgent and Not Important. Use the matrix as a guide to focus on the right tasks.


Urgent and Important Not Urgent but Important – Client deadline approaching – Long-term project planning Urgent but Not Important Not Urgent ...

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