The habit of working first then playing is important to instill in our children now. By doing so, it helps our kids accept more responsibility and become more independent. After all, our goal as parents is to raise independent children who don't grow up to live in our basement. Here are a few articles reinforcing this concept Family Talk: Work First Then Play and The Art of Making and Not Making Plans. You might also be interested in checking out the Eisenhower Box. The Eisenhower box is a tool I used with fourth graders during their lesson to identify the best way to use their time.
Third grade students reviewing and discussing putting first things first examples.
First grade students sorting and discussing examples of important things to do and things you want to do.