When in Doubt, Remember – First Things First

I vividly remember it, as though it were yesterday. It was a warm summer’s day and I had nothing but time on my hands. I wandered the house, looking for something to do to occupy my time. My grandmother on my father’s side was in my parents’ bedroom and was making the bed. Apropos to seemingly nothing, she told me that I should remember — “First things first, second things second.” I was a child, and it seemed nonsensical in my mind in that it was too obvious to be useful — of course first things first and second things second. Third things third, I remember saying, and fourth things fourth.

is there a better to do list than this? You can get more information at the URL listed on the image. I love this to do list!

One afternoon last week I was looking over what looked like a never-ending pile of work. There were things of all sorts of categories to be done, as well as an article that I wanted to write for the blog and to update my journal. I could not even begin to think of what I needed to do to start overcoming this enormous pile of work.

At this moment, the memory of my grandmother tidying my parents’ bedroom came back to me, and her words — first things first, second things second. In other words, prioritize what needs to be done and do things one at a time, focusing on what you are doing at any given point in time. Of course it seemed like so much to me — I was looking at the entire pile at once rather than realizing that each thing had its own significance.

Once I was able to get that focus, I put the things that needed doing in a particular order and I put them in front of me — one at a time. Seeing only one thing to do made it a lot easier to do, and so by the end of the day I was able to get through it all.

First things first.
Second things second.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with how much you have to do.

Give each thing the attention that it would get if it were given to you and you were told, “This is the only thing you have to do today, so get it done!”

First things first.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “When in Doubt, Remember – First Things First

  1. Pingback: Thoughts on Handwriting | blog of gordon davidescu

  2. Pingback: Push Forward! | blog of gordon davidescu

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s