first things first

idiom

used to say that one should do the things that are most important before doing other things
I know you're eager to start shopping for a car, but first things first—you need to find out how much you can afford to spend.
You must set priorities and learn how to put first things first.

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“First things first.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20things%20first. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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