First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a

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  1. Greg Greg says:

    Another terrifically helpful book from the pen of Stephen Covey I personally found especially useful the two by two matrix he discusses as a way to organize yourself The four resulting uadrants include1 Important and Urgent2 Important Not Urgent 3 Urgent Not Important 4 Not Urgent Not ImportantSimply put most people spend far too much time in uadrants 3 4 We also spend too much time in uadrant 1 not that those issues are unimportant but because we don't manage our priorities well The goal is to gradually focus and of our time and energy in uadrant 2 thus reducing the amount of energy necessarily directed to uadrant 1 Having been disappointed by too many time management books in the past which primarily purport to show one how to cram into the limited amount of time we have another epiphany for me from Covey's book was that the issue isn't time management but rather priority management That hit home and caused me to make some changes that have led to a satisfying life for me I suspect this would be worthwhile reading for most people but probably most especially young adults

  2. Hatem Shawkat Hatem Shawkat says:

    TimeTimeTimemy whole time Issue in this book Stephen teaching us the 4th generation in time management #1stIs To do List but it was hard to keep it in your eyes so it's not so helpful#2ndIs Calendar like to say 1315 I am going to club than another hobbit but when you miss something the whole day would go wrong #3rdTo write your goals and then try to work on it and I don`t know where`s the time management in this case #4thTo Classify your Tasks in a table and then began to do them according to it`s Importance and EmergencyI hope this strategy push me forward in time management

  3. Chad Warner Chad Warner says:

    A thought provoking model for living by principles rather than your to do list It challenges the way most Westerners structure their days and weeks and shows how to replace your hectic stressful schedule with a peaceful fulfilling one Unfortunately it's much verbose than necessary; it's repetitive with lengthy examplesSummary Live a principle centered life Listen to your conscience which acts as a compass to true north principles ultimately from God and put first things first prioritize according to principles and focus your efforts on the greatest long term resultsI read this because I liked The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and I've been feeling overwhelmed with the amount of things to do in running my business raising two little girls and being involved in churchThe Clock and the CompassPut people ahead of schedules compasses vision values ahead of clocks traditional time management gets in the way Calendars and schedules keep us focused on the urgent instead of the important They often create misalignment between what really matters most and the way we live our daily livesThe Main Thing it to Keep the Main Thing the Main ThingPersonal mission statementTo create a personal mission statement get a feeling for what's most important to you by doing the following• List 3 4 things you consider first things• Consider your long range goals• Think about most your important relationships• Think about contributions you'd like to make• Reaffirm the feelings you want peace confidence happiness contribution meaning etc• Think about how you'd spend this week if you had only 6 months to liveAn empowering personal mission statement• Is based on purpose higher than self• Includes fulfillment in physical social mental spiritual dimensions• Deals with all the significant roles in your life personal family work communityWe're always trying to fit activities into the time we have But what does it matter how much we do if what we're doing isn't what matters most?It's easy to say 'no' when there's a deeper 'yes' burning insideEach day visualize yourself living your personal mission statement Each week before you plan your week review your statementThere are times when short term imbalance creates long term balance living loving learning and living a legacy over a lifetime Examples parenting young children a meaningful project caring for an elderly parent starting a businessIf you view your role in terms of tasks you'll be frustrated by interruptions from people If you view your role in terms of people you'll find interactions with people fulfillingBalancing roles isn't eitheror it's and Find ways to achieve goals for multiple roles at once Examples exercising and parenting by playing sports with your kid or working on a work project and training an assistance while working on the project togetherSet goals in terms of what goal why motivation and how actionsGenuine guilt not social scripted guilt can reveal when your actions aren't aligned with your principlesThe Synergy of InterdependenceThe People Paradigm puts people 1st and things 2nd leadership 1st and management 2nd effectiveness 1st and efficiency 2nd vision 1st and method 2ndStephen Covey's family mission statementThe mission of our family is to create a nurturing place of faith order truth love happiness and relaxation and to provide opportunity for each person to become responsibly independent and effectively interdependent in order to serve worthy purposes in societyMake your organizational culture an empowered high trust one that lives by first things first together shared vision stewardship agreements win winThe Power and Peace of Principle Centered LIvingIn evaluating tasks on your list view them not as things to do but as indicators of a larger process to improve Look for opportunities to delay collaborate with others delegate prevent unnecessary tasks from arising and improving efficiencyBy default our happiness in a day depends on whether we can complete everything from the list we started the day with Unexpected challenges frustrate us Instead our happiness should come from knowing we put 1st things 1st regardless of our list If we expect challenges their arising shouldn't frustrate usMaximize time and effort by staying in your Center of Focus things you can influence are aligned with your mission and are timely Operating in your Circle of Influence area of concern where you can make a difference can do some good but at the expense of something better It's a waste to put effort into your Circle of Concern everything you're concerned about because you can't control or affect those things

  4. Cam Cam says:

    This book was a slow read for me it was really hard for me to get into it I especially had a hard time with all of the different uadrants of organization and such I'm just not into that Although there were a lot of things that I did like about the book One point brought up is that we use busy ness as a way to validate ourselves and to feel important and I think that's very true and I am starting to realize that it really doesn't matter I don't have to be involved in a million different things to be happy and feel validated It's okay to tell people NO I'm trying to improve and I'm trying to put of my focus on what's really important to me and give my best self to my family

  5. Loy Machedo Loy Machedo says:

    Stephen Covey’s book First Things First is an elaborated section of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” The book tends to focus on Human Habits through the guidance of a Compass rather than a Clock with its core principle of uality versus uantity The author helps people achieve habit by presenting the Four uadrantsuadrant I – Urgent Importantuadrant II Not Urgent But Importantuadrant III – Urgent But Not Importantuadrant IV Not Urgent Not ImportantCovey recommends gradually shifting our daily activities toward uadrant II important activities that are not urgent and there by reducing the sense of ‘last minute’ hiccups Another difference is the weekly planning Covey really emphasizes the importance of calendaring activities for the week starting with the big rock followed by pebbles then filling the rest with the sand If you first put in the sand the thick of thin things there's no room for the big rocks the most important activitiesCriticisms for the BookThe author devotes a significant amount of space to explaining the importance of leaving a legacy but fails to recognize that this matters the least in terms of the largest group of people who bought this book and where they are right now in their lives The uest for leaving a legacy is really irrelevant to someone is struggling to make ends meet or to pay his bills What good would suabbling about some abstract principle do for someone who instead needs to advance his career and manage his time effectively? The book is also full of fluff and could have been reduced to 25% and still say the same things And the book does nothing to tell you how to do what is being stated Another bone of contention I have is the fluffy terminologies Mission Statement Personal Statement Leaving a Legacy – They all sound really nice But the uestion is practicality of such terms How many people do you know who maintain such a concept or practice? And yeah if you are a CEO or President of a company it would be great to have such systems in place However if you are a Middle Class Worker and you are asked to complete a task asap which is always the case presenting such a value based proposition may end up you getting back on the unemployment list Moment of TruthA book which has good intentions but with too many great sounding words and concepts that give us too much of positivity and hope and whose practical application is very uestionable indeed Added to this the book by itself could have easily been reduced to 13rd its size but which has been inflamed with a lot of repetition and fluff to become a sellable productOverall Ratings6 out of 10Loy Machedoloymachedocom | loymachedotv

  6. Sandra Sandra says:

    I have this book so marked that I stopped marking it I have the audio and the paper back It's a book I reference to and read multiple times If you're looking for guidance on your day to day activities if you're struggling with your priorities Stephen Covey's philosophy on the compass vs the clock will sure help you

  7. Kelly Schuknecht Kelly Schuknecht says:

    I couldn't help thinking most of the time while I was reading this book that it's kind of like a diet book All other diets are uselessThis isn't a diet it's a revolutionary new way to approach eatingDo what we say in this book and your life will be transformed foreverblah blah When the bottom line is really Think about what you're eating and make smarter choices Most time management books are probably similar Follow these guidelines rather than every other time management gimmick you've read about because this is not a gimmick This is the right way to approach time managementNeedless to say I was not a huge fan of this book It took a long time to get to the point and then there were some great take aways about chapters 2 5 and then the rest was just painfully boring If you're hungry for some time management advice just read chapters 2 5 and that's really all you need to know The bottom line is Don't get caught up in urgency addiction plan your days according to what you really need to get done and don't get caught up in things that are unimportant

  8. Heidi Heidi says:

    For me this was a new way of looking at a balanced life Sometimes we focus so much on the urgent things that we forget about the important things that aren't necessarily so urgent Very insightful It made me think that I need to focus left on getting things done and on getting the important things done

  9. Shawndra Shawndra says:

    Don’t buy the Kindle version but DO READ the bookThis Kindle version is frustrating disappointing and missing important content It may say it has new technology and audiovisual but I found no links or content to it They had some colored infographs but all the diagrams worksheets and charts they mention are not available anywhere in this version The format they used for the Kindle must have been previously used for a print book as numerous word breaks are found throughout the Kindle version Obviously no one took the time to actually edit this version Very distracting and irritatingThe content was great The book has been around for a while but the message is still important and valuable I read it as part of our National Association of Professional Organizer – Virtual Chapter book club and I thought I knew what it was about – Time Management It’s not or at least not just about improving your time management abilities It’s about building your leadership skills – whether you’re a leader of one yourself a part of a team or family or managing many It’s about investing – investing your time in yourself and others It’s about becoming skilled at choosing what to focus your time and effort onI would recommend it to my clients For those who are feeling overwhelmed with too many things to do and too little time – this will help you stand back and assess whether this or that is important to your journey For those who are in a supervisory or leadership position – this will help you develop stronger team membersAs for me I’m focusing on pausing in the “space between stimulus and response” I would recommend reading this book in print not Kindle

  10. Alex Alex says:

    Teaches you the art and craft of time management Move away from reactive day to day to do list planning and gets you to view your time as the week proactively scheduling in your priorities with the compass card The principle of the clock and the compass is right on

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