This week at work I had a yellow legal pad page half filled with deals to close and projects to finish for clients. I realized for the second time there were literally too many to get finished in four days so I did what Sandor, my 14 year old, told me to do. I “put first things first.” That’s right I prioritized my list. It’s not rocket science but it made my week a lot more productive and financially rewarding…in a big way.
Sandor, who is in 8th grade, is part of a public charter school. And much of the schools new focus has been Stephan Covey book the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Sandor and I debate the seven habit some times. Number seven is “Sharpen Your Saw,” meaning keep balance in your life. do the things you love like yoga or yodeling instead of working all the time. Any time Sandor wants to lie in bed and watch stupid videos on youtube he tells me he’s “sharpening his saw.” And I call BS.
“Putting first things first” is one of the rules we agree on. We talk about it every now and then, usually when I’m driving him to school and he’s got a lot of projects going on. But this time, he was the one who reminded me on Monday night when I was griping and complaining about all the stuff I had to get done, in just a few days.
Maybe I should listen to that kid more often. Except when he tells me one shower in three days is plenty.
If you want to read the book you’ll find it on Amazon for less than five dollars, if your lazy and want to check out the seven habits in less than five minutes here’s the Wikipedia link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_7_Habits_of_Highly_Effective_People
Let me know what you think and as always you are welcome to share this post.