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What are the most important things in your life? Do they get as much care, emphasis, and time as you'd like to give them? Far from the traditional "be-more-efficient" time-management book with shortcut techniques, First Things First shows you how to look at your use of time totally differently. Using this book will help you create balance between your personal and professional responsibilities by putting first things first and acting on them. Covey teaches an organizing process that helps you categorize tasks so you focus on what is important, not merely what is urgent. First you divide tasks into these quadrants:
Most people spend most of their time in quadrants 1 and 3, while quadrant 2 is where quality happens. "Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things," says Covey. He points you toward the real human needs--"to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy"--and how to balance your time to achieve a meaningful life, not just get things done. --Joan Price --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This is the latest time-management book from the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This book is outdated with its references to Vision and Mission Statements. The flow charts and reader activities are distracting and it is not a simple/quick read. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2008 by Gift Receiver
This book makes a great addition to The 7 Habits. First Things First is as the title indicates a book about time management. But more than that, about people management. Read morePublished on June 30 2004
I started reading through this and thought to myself: "are there actually people out there that have complicated their lives to the point of needing something like this to... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Brian S Landreth
This is a good book, yet it over reaches a little bit and could be a bit shorter to make the point. Yet, Covey and Merrill go a long way to help people sort out the priorities in... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by Joseph J. Slevin
What I like about Dr. Covey is that he can take such a basic concept, one that we all know we should do (but don't don't) and then beat it to death to drill it's importance to... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004
There are a couple of major problems with this book. First of all, the author devotes a significant amount of space to explaining the importance of leaving a legacy, but fails to... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by "poobear123"
I found this book a waste of time. This was a poor rehash of 7 Habits. 7 Habits I think is important reading and I have read it 7 or 8 times over the years. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2003
This book makes a great companion to Covey's highly acclaimed "7 Habits", unquestionably, one of the very best self devlopment books of all time. Read morePublished on July 4 2003