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First Things First

Author: Stephen R. CoveyIf you passed on this amazing book a few years ago, here’s your chance to review what I believe to be one of the more functional books of the past decade. While reviewing my original notes recently I realized that this is a must share.
Covey developed a unique take on ‘time management;’ truly a misnomer, as the context is fundamentally about energy management and life management.
In the true sense you cannot manage time, but you can prevent it from managing you; and you are the one inserting the content that moves your life forward; either mundanely  or, as I live it, in Sequential Overdrive.

Some outtakes from Covey’s cleanly executed narrative:

  •  Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.
  • The Management Matrix:  The four quadrants
  • The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!
  • The Center of Focus: To spend time in any other circle diminishes our effectiveness.
  • The objective is not to fill the container to the ‘brim.’
  • There is a powerful difference when we live in the Kairos or Abundance  Paradigm.
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