First Things First by Stephen R. Covey

Step two: Identify your roles. Pain in life comes from neglect in one or more roles due to the neglect from focus on other roles. The ideal balance isn’t from spending time in each role, but from utilyzing roles to accomplish your mission. Role change throughout life but consider including personal development and sharpen the saw (physical, social, mental and spiritual). Covey suggests that we spend so much time focused on sawing through life that we forget to sharpen the saw.

Roles should not be depatmentalized but should be viewed as a whole. Set goals for each role. “The key, however is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities”. Analogy of putting rocks in a jar is that if you don’t fill the jar with big rocks first, you’ll never get them in the jar.<br>Set a specific time of the day for goals. Quadrants I and III usually do not have any problems grabbing our attention. Deliberately methodically place big rocks in the jar.<br>Life is good.

I have in my schedule every year around Thanksgiving to replace the batteries in all the smoke detectors in the house.  I have been an outside consultant since ’89.  One year my wife called at 3am in the morning with two smoke detectors chirping due to low batteries.  We ended up in a crisis with me being out of town with chirping smoke detectors 14 feet up in the air in the wee hours of the morning.  It is important for me to replace batteries in the smoke detectors once a year.  Neglecting to do so could end up turning into a crisis.

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Life is Good.

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Basil has over twenty years of programming experience from a wide variety of industries including warehouse distribution, insurance, state licensing for trucking industry, and discount retail. Programming language experience has predominantly been for IBM’s AS400 platform – CL, RPG, COBOL, Queries, Managed Queries, APF, SQL, Synon, Visual Basic and C++. He obtained his masters from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in 2007.
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