Covered in Habit 3
Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada, Premium Member
Habit 3 is Put First Things First. This is the time when I discuss both working harder and smarter in 7 Habit workshops I conduct.
Using an IT programmer analogy: in Habit 1: I am a programmer. Habit 2: I plan a program. Habit 3: I run the program.
Working harder is managing your time (i.e. clock)
and choosing to work on what matters most to you.
Working smarter is leading your life (i.e. compass)
and influencing the people with whom you have important relationships.
In a typical week, one works hard to deliver results. However, conflicts will arise that will force you to make a choice. For example, do I work late tonight to finish the report my boss unexpectedly just gave me and desperately needs or do I go home as planned to attend my son's birthday party? The choice I make falls under working smarter.