Guānjiàn bùzài pái dìng xíngshì lì de xiānhòu cìxù, ér zài pái dìng yōuxiān shùnxù
Effective leadership is putting first things first.
American educator, author, businessman, and speaker Stephen Covey authored the bestseller book 《The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People》. One of these seven habits is “First Things First”. Covey argued that we should schedule our work according to their importance, not urgency. We should evaluate whether our tasks help us self-actualise, realise our goals, and add value to our relationships.
He used the analogy of a clock and a compass. Solutions should not be formulated solely based on time, but also around core values and principles. Work that is important but not urgent should trump over work that is urgent but unimportant—the former is too often neglected by people.