used to emphasize
of focusing on necessary preliminary
, or immediate
tasks at hand rather than the ultimate goal
You want to retire rich from selling a screenplay to Hollywood? First things first: learn how to write a screenplay.
Stephen R. Covey uses this principle in his philosophy of time management. You want to use your time more efficiently? First things first: figure out what your values are, what's most important to you.
The name of a 1964 manifesto
folks in the advertising industry
who wanted to put communication
ahead of consumerism
: First Things First Manifesto