Habit 3 is the practical fulfillment of Habits 1 and 2. Habit 1 says, "You are the creator. You are in charge." 3. Habit 3: Put First Things FirstĀ® 1. Organize the rest. Schedule the Big Rocks. The Habit of personal management. 2. Habit 3: Put First Things First is the exercise of independent will toward becoming principle-centered. There's no need to overextend yourself. HABIT 3: PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay. Connect with mission, roles, and goals. Habit 2 is the first mental creation, based on imagination, the ability to envision what you can become.