I have seen a similar list (put together by that great Greek author “Anonymous”) about pastors.  With just a few subtle changes, it can be applied to all people!

  • Be reactive. Effective people are proactive. They take responsibility for their lives and aren’t swayed by their physical or social environments. Being proactive means responding by choices and values, not by emotions or circumstances.
  • Focus only on short-term results. A good habit says, “Begin with the end in mind.” This attitude will help you keep a heavenly perspective throughout your day-to-day work.
  • Do the least important thing first. An effective person will look at all the things in his or her life and prioritize them.  The people or items at the top of that list will receive first and best attention.
  • Think win/lose. Truly effective people will look for win/win solutions.  They find agreements that benefit and satisfy everyone involved.
  • Seek first to be understood, then to understand. The best way to help people is by listening – actively, empathetically, and completely – before rushing to find a solution.
  • Keep working until your saw is so dull it couldn’t cut butter. To be an effective person, you need to keep a balance between the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your life.  Stopping occasionally to “sharpen your saw” will allow you to work more quickly and efficiently without wearing you down.
  • You only need to change one area of your life. Effective people know that all of these ideas work in balance together to create a synergized life.