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2 “First Things First” Based on the best selling book by Stephen R. Covey Compiled by Warren Hunsberger Teen Challenge Training Course

3 Tyranny of the Urgent “The vital tasks rarely must be done today, or even this week. The urgent task calls for instant action. The momentary appeal of these tasks seems irresistible and they devour our energy. But in the light of time’s perspective, their deceptive prominence fades. With a sense of loss we recall the vital task we pushed aside. We realize we’ve become slaves to the tyranny of the urgent.” -- Charles Hummel 2Teen Challenge Training Course

4 Traditional Response Time Management-- Clock vs. Compass 3Teen Challenge Training Course

5 Problem with Time Management “Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.” -- A. Roger Merrill 4Teen Challenge Training Course

6 Four Generations of Time Management Notes and checklists Calendars and appointment books Daily planning, prioritizing, and goal setting 5Teen Challenge Training Course

7 Fourth Generation Time Management Encompasses the best of Generations 1, 2, and 3, but moves far beyond “A shift of the mind: doing things right gets efficiency, but doing the right things gets effectiveness.” 6Teen Challenge Training Course

8 We want to focus on EFFECTIVENESS, in lieu of Efficiency 7Teen Challenge Training Course

9 Efficiency vs. Effectiveness Importance Balance in our roles Weekly organizing Life leadership 8Teen Challenge Training Course

10 Traditional vs. 4th Generation Time Management 9Teen Challenge Training Course

11 URGENCY INDEX 10Teen Challenge Training Course

12 URGENCY INDEX 11Teen Challenge Training Course

13 Where Do We Want to Live? Quadrant II does not act on us; we must act on it. This is the quadrant of quality and personal leadership. Move into Quadrant II by using the six-step process each week. 12Teen Challenge Training Course

14 The Complete Six-Step Process 13Teen Challenge Training Course

15 The Complete Six-Step Process Connect to Mission Review Roles Identify Goals Organize Weekly Exercise Integrity Evaluate 14Teen Challenge Training Course

16 Step 1: Connect to Mission “If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.” --Seneca “We don’t invent our mission; we detect it.” --Viktor Frankl 15Teen Challenge Training Course

17 What does “connect” mean? Develop a personal mission statement What is most important in your life? What is most important in your life? What are called to be and do? What are called to be and do? Connect to your mission weekly reviewing, pondering, or memorizing your mission statement. 16Teen Challenge Training Course

18 What are the benefits of truly connecting to your personal mission? 17Teen Challenge Training Course

19 Step 2: Review Roles Identify and review the roles in your life. Key relationships Key relationships Key areas of responsibility Key areas of responsibility 18Teen Challenge Training Course

20 Step 3: Identify Goals What is the most important thing I could do in each role this week that would have the greatest positive impact? My weekly goals can be either an area of focus or a specific activity I schedule. They are driven by conscience. 19Teen Challenge Training Course

21 Step 4: Organize Weekly Every week, my life is centered around the FIRST THINGS I have identified and not things that just “come my way.” 20Teen Challenge Training Course

22 Step 5: Exercise Integrity in the Moment of Choice Organizing in this way gives me the courage to say “NO” to urgent, less- important things. I have the freedom to stick with my plan or change it because I’m centered on my FIRST THINGS. 21Teen Challenge Training Course

23 Step 6: Evaluate What worked? Where did I blow it? What do I do different this week as I grow? Am I on target? What patterns do I see in my life? What did I learn from last week as a whole? 22Teen Challenge Training Course

24 Review Roles: Step 2 in the 6- Step Process “Every man has only enough strength to complete those assignments that he is fully convinced are important.” Goethe 23Teen Challenge Training Course

25 Balance: Weekly Compass 24Teen Challenge Training Course

26 What are our Roles? You live your life in terms of roles Roles: authentic parts you’ve been called to fill. Roles represent responsibilities, relationships, and areas of contribution. 25Teen Challenge Training Course

27 What are our Roles? (cont.) You may have important roles in Christian faith, at work, in the family, in community or other areas of life. Your roles grow out of and contribute to the fulfillment of your personal mission. 26Teen Challenge Training Course

28 How Many? It is recommended that you combine functions, if necessary, to keep your total number of active roles to no more than seven. You may have less. Some of your roles may be permanent, some may change occasionally. 27Teen Challenge Training Course

29 “Sharpen the Saw” In addition to the roles you’ve identified, we suggest a separate and foundational role called Sharpen the Saw. You need to invest time increasing your personal capacity in four fundamental areas. 28Teen Challenge Training Course

30 Four Fundamental Areas SpiritualPhysicalSocial/EmotionalMental 29Teen Challenge Training Course

31 Sharpen the Saw Your personal development role Your role to yourself 30Teen Challenge Training Course

32 Step 3: Identify Goals “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” John Ruskin

33 How to Set Weekly Goals Ask yourself, “What is the most important thing I could do in each role this week that would have the greatest positive impact?” Consider your relationships for each role. Review your “Perhaps List” for ideas. Identify the steps that need to be taken to achieve long-term goals. 32Teen Challenge Training Course

34 “Perhaps List” Don’t forget great ideas! Keep a list of things you might want to do for each role. These are not commitments. Perhaps you’ll do them -- perhaps you won’t. 33Teen Challenge Training Course

35 Long-Term Goals Record your long-term goals for each role. Review your “Perhaps List” for ideas. Long-term goals provide a link between your personal mission statement and weekly goals. 34Teen Challenge Training Course

36 Setting Effective Long-Term Goals Ask yourself three vital questions: What do I want to accomplish? What do I want to accomplish? Why do I want to do it? Why do I want to do it? How will I do it? How will I do it? 35Teen Challenge Training Course

37 Distinctive Elements of Effective Weekly Goals They can be either an area of focus or a specific activity you schedule. They are usually Quadrant II goals rather than typical to-dos or daily action items. They are driven by conscience. 36Teen Challenge Training Course

38 Step 4: Organize Weekly “A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.” Robert J. McKain 37Teen Challenge Training Course

39 The Perspective of the Week The perspective of the week provides a powerful solution that links the close-up view of the day to the big picture in a balanced, realistic way. 38Teen Challenge Training Course

40 The “Normal View” The week becomes the “normal view” that gives the most accurate perspective for creating a balanced, quality life. 7 39Teen Challenge Training Course

41 Step 5: Exercise Integrity in the Moment of Choice “The greatest value of the process is not what it does to your schedule, but what it does to your head.” Stephen R. Covey

42 The Space Between Stimulus and Response Reactive Model vs. Proactive Model 41Teen Challenge Training Course

43 Reactive Model STIMULUSRESPONSE 42Teen Challenge Training Course

44 Proactive Model STIMULUSRESPONSE Moment of Choice 43Teen Challenge Training Course

45 “First Things First” Based on the best selling book by Stephen R. Covey Compiled by Warren Hunsberger Teen Challenge Training Course For more information about this course and other training resources: Contact Global Teen Challenge via at Or visit our training website at iTeenChallenge.org


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