First Things First (Abridged): Understand Why So Often Our First Things Arent First Audiobook, by Stephen R. Covey Play Audiobook Sample

First Things First (Abridged): Understand Why So Often Our First Things Aren't First Audiobook

First Things First (Abridged): Understand Why So Often Our First Things Arent First Audiobook, by Stephen R. Covey Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Stephen R. Covey, Rebecca R. Merrill, A. Roger Merrill Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 0.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 0.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 1994 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781442304956

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06:39 minutes

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01:29 minutes

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03:56 minutes

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Publisher Description

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   


  • USA Today Covey is the hottest self-improvement consultant to hit U.S. Business since Dale Carnegie.

  • “If The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was the best personal development book of the ’80s, and I believe it was, First Things First is my front-runner for the ’90s. My graduate students are studying The 7 Habits. First Things First takes up the hard and practical questions they are now asking. It will be a great resource.” 

    — David Davenport, president, Pepperdine University 
  • “Finally—a book on time management that goes beyond the simple quick fixes of behavioral engineering. A book that connects the investment of time to our deeper priorities in life. Both inspirational and practical, First Things First is a priority reading.” 

    — Charles A. Garfield, PhD, author of Peak Performers: New Heroes of American Business 
  • “If you liked reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you’ll love reading First Things First. Steve Covey’s principle-center approach to time management does indeed provide the reader a ‘compass’ for what is truly important in life.” 

    — Nolan D. Archibald, chairman, president, and CEO, Black & Decker Corporation 

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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.