- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (January 17, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684802031
- ISBN-13: 978-0684802039
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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:
- Important and Urgent (crises, deadline-driven projects)
- Important, Not Urgent (preparation, prevention, planning, relationships)
- Urgent, Not Important (interruptions, many pressing matters)
- Not Urgent, Not Important (trivia, time wasters)
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
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This is the latest time-management book from the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
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That is the first lie.
"The weekly worksheet below" that's another as the worksheet is nowhere to be found.
There is nothing that is "Interactive" other than what is possible with a kindle published book.
Links to the MISSING WORKSHEETS? Nope!
I want to return this.
First Things First was much more accessible to me, and it has some very useful things to say about the differences between "urgent" and "important" - and why things that are important but not urgent are often neglected in the desperate rush to get the urgent stuff done. How can we differentiate between the two? There are some clear guidelines here, as well as great steps to take to make sure we have our own Important things identified and prioritized.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by little things, frustrated with traditional time management, and in need of some tools to bring clearer focus to their life and their goals.