Why is it that some information professionals seem able to easily accomplish their goals and make a difference in their organizations, but most struggle just to keep their heads above water? Wouldn't it be great if we could marshal up two or three extra hours a day to finish an important project or make personal time available that was stolen by having to burn the midnight oil? Maybe, but maybe not. This might only attack the symptoms of how we spend our time, and not really help us be more effective.

This is the fifth in a series of columns on Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This column describes Habit 3, "Put First Things First," and what that means for information professionals.

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