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Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play

Last Friday, Dudley celebrated Put First Things First Leadership Day! Students learned that putting first things first means planning your time around the most important, BIG things in your life. Then, you can get to the little things that take your time. They know they should do their homework and chores before playing games or watching TV.

You may hear your child use words like prioritize, most important, responsibility, and put first things first. You can encourage your child to be a leader by using some of this language at home!

How to Put First Things First:

Use a Weekly Planner:

A weekly planner is a great way to prioritize your life. Research tells us that human beings tend to think in blocks of weeks, not days or months. Therefore, a weekly planner is an excellent tool for academic and personal success. Covey suggests acquiring some sort of weekly planner and following these three steps:

Step 1: Identify Your Big Rocks

At the beginning of each week, brainstorm the things that you want to accomplish in the upcoming week. You may ask yourself, “What are the most important things I need to do this week?” Covey calls these your big rocks. The big rocks are smaller goals, once accomplished will help you achieve your desired outcome.

Step 2: Block out Time for Your Big Rocks

During your weekly planning, block out time for your big rocks. If you decide that the best time to get started on your Social Studies research project is on Saturday morning and the best time to call your old friend is on Sunday afternoon, mark your planner.

Step 3: Schedule Everything Else

Once your big rocks are in place, begin to schedule your daily tasks and appointments. Remember, pebbles fit nicer in your bucket when they are surrounded by your bigger, value-driven goals.

Fun Experiment to try at home!!

Get a bucket and fill it half full of small pebbles. Then try to put several big rocks in the bucket, on top of the small pebbles. Let’s imagine that the big rocks won’t fit. Now, try putting the big rocks in first, followed by the pebbles. The pebbles neatly fill in the spaces around the big rocks. The difference then is the order in which the rocks and pebbles were placed in the bucket. By putting the big rocks in first, everything fits. The big rocks represent your most important goals for the week, while the pebbles

represent your daily chores.

Family Time

Nothing is more important than prioritizing family time and ensuring there is a time set aside for family time each week. Playing board games are a great way to interact together and have fun! You could even go for a walk, plan and fix a meal together, or visit the library.