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29 Aug 1995 0671866281 978-1883219307 abridged edition
"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 with 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 focus on time and things, "First Things First" emphasizes relationships and results. And instead of efficiency, this new approach emphasizes effectiveness. 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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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; abridged edition edition (29 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671866281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883219307
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,436,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"USA Today" Covey is the hottest self-improvement consultant to hit U.S. Business since Dale Carnegie. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. As an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and author, his advice has given insight to millions. He has sold over 20 million books sold (in 38 languages), and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the No. 1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. His most recent major book, The 8th Habit , has sold nearly 400,000 copies. He holds an MBA from Harvard, and doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. He is the co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. He lives with his wife and family in Utah. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
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Dr Covey appears to have worked out life to a mint here - how to organise every second of your life to what you want to do, and how to make decisions based on what you set yourself. He starts from the roots - and tells you how to lead yourself to form your character, with a singular mission in life based on your values, which form the secondary base of the leadership principles he describes. It's a complicated process which needs all 368 pages to explain, and a lot of effort to start the ball rolling if you are serious about your life. It seems you might as well call this book 'how to live'. But - one problem - doesn't what you value in life (the base upon which his life leading strategy lies upon), change over time - so what you achieve from using this book will depend upon when you start using it. Or do your values only change over time if you have not set yourself values to stick to? It's very complicated.
But enough philosophy - this book is definitely worth a serious look. It teaches how to live with honesty and integrity, out of which personal worth is produced. Just don't think about it too hard.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Join the human race by establishing a life based on your principle and not by the clock of someone else. This book serves as a handbook for anyone choosing to leave the treadmill behind--finding your true mission in life and living it fully. I wish the whole world would buy this book and read it. I'm ready to start living and stop existing, if you are too, then add this one to your shopping cart today!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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WHILE COPIES OF COVEY'S _SEVEN HABITS_ were still conspicuous business accessories on public transportation and at latte shops, the people who were changing the world had moved on to the book that cracked the shell on the third habit: putting first things first.

Everyone who has heard the phrase "time management" could suggest prioritizing. Covey, Merrill and Merrill dare to entertain, "How do you do that? How do you know what's first when your plans are buffeted by circumstances, business and people you love-whom you've already put 'first?'"

Excellence is not required by their success formula. You are guided in choosing how driven you want to be by your priorities, and you'll know what (or who) is suffering when you decide to read junk mail.

If your reluctance in addressing time management stems from (1) not wanting to lose yourself and your life in order to finish your list, or (2) no one can help you because you choose to wear more hats than the people who usually offer advice will allow, then _First Things First_ is the FIRST, and possibly only, book you need to read.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent work by Stephen Covey 5 April 2000
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Another excellent work by Stephen Covey. First Things First (one of the '7 Habits') is time management with a difference. It looks at what is really important in your life and helps you to identify and work on more of those areas, rather than doing things that matter least more efficiently.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I JUST CAN SAY "WHAT A BOOK" 9 Oct 1996
By A Customer
First, let me say that i'm a mexican citizen so please do not be so hard about my english, any way i'll try to do my best.

i like to be an honest human being, so about "FIRST THINGS FIRST" it was a gift i got from a friend in San Antonio tx., and
even knowing that i have not ended the book yet because my job, in the first chapters i had readed i have found many ideas
to increase my succes as well as my productivity in the office, but the most important thing i have found is the real meaning
of the word "share" and this is because i'm starting to learn that i do have to have time for my family as well as for my profession

i do not know whats going to happen when i finish of read this "CLEVER WAY TO SHARE THE MEANING OF LIFE" but i'm sure that at the
end there is only going to be one word to "STEPHEN R. COVEY"............THANKS A LOT

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring realization of prioritixing your life 22 July 1997
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Stephen Covey has teamed up with two extraordinary authors to produce an exceptional book. Learning to put first things first by evaluating your own life and scheduling your priorities rather than prioritizing you schedule is point only slightly less sensational that giving regard to the compass over the clock. I highly recommend this book to any and everyone that has taken the time to read this summary or even heard about the book from a friend. We ought to teach this stuff in our public schools.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Cassette
The strength of the abridged audiocassette is the conviction in Dr. Covey's voice. It will convince you that this is an important subject.
The weakness of this audiocassette is that you will learn the principles behind Quadrant Two Time Management, but not how to do it. As the audiocassette will tell you, you will need to buy the book, study it, and then start doing it. I thought this was so substantial a weakness that I graded the book down two stars for this limitation.
If you are pretty sure you want to use this method, go directly to the book. If you are not sure, listen to this audiocassette. I found a copy in my local library. Perhaps you can, too.
The time management technique here is intended to be a fourth generation of that method of getting more accomplished. The main different is that the goals here are to achieve more balance in your life by having you focus first on doing what is most important to you that will make the most difference. You will plan weekly, and reiterate your planning to learn from your experiences of the prior week.
Quadrant 2 is the area where activities are important, but not urgent. These activities are often overlooked, or are pushed out of the way by urgent activities, including ones that are unimportant.
The time management process is designed to handle all elements of your life, personal life as well as work. An analogy is used to putting big rocks, gravel, sand, and water into a jar. If you start with the big rocks, you can get everything in the jar. If you start in the opposite order, you'll never fit the big rocks in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look but don't dwell on the detail
A good book but I found it far too long for what is sad of substance
Published 14 days ago by MR STEPHEN KEMBER
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Good value
Published 2 months ago by Juliet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, good to be read as a workbook together with 7 Habits and the 8th Habit written by Stephen Covey
Published 5 months ago by Per Fridell
5.0 out of 5 stars Covey at his best
It is a number of years since I read annoying by Covey so I was ready for it. Always worth the read.
Published 8 months ago by Gadowomam
5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY POWERFUL!
How many people live life in urgency? They forget what is really important and this books is a great example of how to get really focused and into a zone of success. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2012 by Mr. G. M. Detisi
5.0 out of 5 stars First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
A truely inspiring book. If you have read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People there is a little repetition, but this book does go into more depth and is a great guide to life.
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This is a very well written book with a clear presentation of a novel approach in time managements and a variety of practical tools. Read more
Published on 8 April 2011 by Despina
4.0 out of 5 stars important if not urgent
I bought the Audio CD abridged of First Things First. It has some great ideas. When these are presented as visual or audio metaphors they communicate well via the medium of audio... Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by Francine la Viajera
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I have always enjoyed reading Stephen Covey material and now listening to the material on CD is a great method of learning. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2010 by Mr. J. Selkirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Self Actualization
Good material recommended for those who seek a productive change in their personal and professional lives.
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by Terry Fabulous
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