First Things First is a revolutionary guide to managing your time by learning how to balance your life. Traditional time management suggests that working harder, smarter, and faster will help you gain control over your life, and that increased control will bring peace and fulfillment. But in the first real breakthrough in time management in years, the authors of First Things First apply the insights of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to our daily problems of struggling with the ever-increasing demands of work and home life.
Rather than focusing on time and things, First Things First emphasizes relationships and results. And instead of efficiency, this new approach emphasizes effectiveness. It tells us:
* Why we feel a gap between how we spend our time and what's deeply important to us
* How focusing on efficiency and control increases the gap instead of closing it
* How to determine if what you're doing is really important -- or only urgent
* How to overcome the tremendous gravity of habit
* How to put people ahead of schedules
* How to lead your life, not just manage your time
Offering a principle-centered approach and the wisdom and insight that made The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People a #1 bestseller, First Things First empowers listeners to define what is truly important; to accomplish worthwhile goals; and to lead rich, rewarding, and balanced lives.
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“Time management gives us the tools but First Things First delivers us to a place where we can make the right choices; fueled by a powerful vision of a life lived as a legacy—a life of enduring meaning. This book is the ultimate legacy! Covey and the Merrills lovingly show us the way to create lives enriched by goals and personal vision so that we may each become living tapestries of fulfillment.”
Melody Mackenzie, coauthor of Managing Your Goals and president, Alec Mackenzie’s Time Tactics
About the Authors
Dr. Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012) was a world-renowned authority on leadership and family relations. He held a bachelor of science from the University of Utah, an MBA from Harvard, and a PhD from Brigham Young University. Dr. Covey served as Vice Chairman of FranklinCovey Co., and was an in-demand speaker, teacher, and organizational consultant.
Rebecca A. Merrill has served in numerous leadership positions in community, education, and women’s organizations. She is the coauthor of Connections: Quadrant II Time Management, and assisted Stephen R. Covey on The 7 Habits Highly Effective People.
A. Roger Merrill, co-founder of the Covey Leadership Center (now FranklinCovey), has more than forty years of experience as a line manager, senior executive, executive coach, consultant, and teacher. Roger is the author of Connections: Quadrant II Time Management, and coauthor of The Nature of Leadership and Life Matters: Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time, and Money.