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First Things First | [Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill]

First Things First

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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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; and 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 best-seller, First Things First empowers listeners to define what is truly important; to accomplish worthwhile goals; and to lead rich, rewarding, and balanced lives.

©1997 Stephen R. Covey; (P)1997 Covey Leadership Center, Inc.

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"I can't think of anyone who wouldn't be helped by reading it." (Larry King)

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    Amazon Customer 22/04/2015
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    "Repetitious"

    Very insightful and helpful but repetitious of the 7 Habits. of Highly Effective People by the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 09/07/2014
    Claire 09/07/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Everyone should be made to listen to this."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely. This should mandatory reading/listening for everyone caught up on the daily hamster wheel of life, running at a hundred miles an hour and forgetting what life is really all about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relaxing tone of the author/narrator and his ability to make one think very quickly of the things that give meaning to our personal journey of life.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    All are highly enjoyable. It is best to be somewhat relaxed when listening otherwise the speed of delivery may be frustrating.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It often made me smile when asked to think of the things that are important in my life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F Edgware, UK, United Kingdom 08/03/2011
    F Edgware, UK, United Kingdom 08/03/2011
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    "Best book for life management"

    Its a brilliant book. Its message came across better in the form of an audio book read by authors themselves. The book has profound wisdom about our modern day lives, and pinpoints where thongs are going wrong. Life changing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss loughborough, United Kingdom 10/08/2009
    Miss loughborough, United Kingdom 10/08/2009 Listener Since 2008
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    "utter tosh."

    There is nothing useful in this book. It is no more than drivel. The author speaks for the sake of speaking. It is a complete waste of money.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Kevin
    Temple City, CA, United States
    20/02/13
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    "Warning: Only one hour long."
    Any additional comments?

    This is an abridged version of the book. I bought it under the assumption that it would be a full audio book and was disappointed to find it was only 1 hour long.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alton A. Ivory
    04/07/05
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    "Nothing New over the other books"

    I can't say that there is anything new here. This book does not seem to answer the question of how to put First things First as the title suggests. In my humble opinion this is just a filler book. One written to keep the public interested in Franklin Covey until they could come up with something else. if your are trying to develop your Mission statement and roles and goal and to follow thru on them a better book to get is What Matters Most.

    32 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Ina
    Illinois
    25/03/07
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    "Very difficult to listen to"

    I found this audio title very difficult to listen to. While Steven Covey is a good narrator, the same can definitely not be said of the co-authors A Roger Merril and Rebecca R Merril. Also, I expected more concrete advice on how to put first things first. This title harps on and on about why you need to put first things first. We get that! Now we need to know how! Not a worthwhile listen

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • naveendavinci
    bangalore, India
    04/02/13
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    "its just a Overview.. Disappointed"
    What would have made First Things First better?

    I purchased hoping that i would cover the entire book. Well it just overview in 1 hr timeframe. I hope you will release entire book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment because it didn't cover the entire book for this money.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • joe
    KANSAS CITY, MO, United States
    23/09/12
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    "NOT THE WHOLE BOOK,"
    What disappointed you about First Things First?

    This recording is only a little over an hour long. The book is nearly 300 pages. Do the math. Most of it's missing.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Included the entire book as this is not the abridged version


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He didn't read the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip it. Buy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Quitman, GA, USA
    10/06/07
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    "This book is excellent"

    This is an excellent book. It helps one to develop a schedule based on correct principles instead of on a clock system. That way your time is spent doing what is important rather than have your life dominated by the urgent. (urgent doesn't necessarily mean important), listen to the book.
    I have ADHD and this recording and the print book have been very valuable to me. I would recommend using it along with the print version of the book along with the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    09/08/07
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    "100% Fluff"

    Very touchy-feely. Very little substance, not systematic, mostly a rewrite of his Effective People books. I was looking for something else.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amit
    12/03/15
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    "nice read"

    similar contents to chapter 3 of highly effective people. author talks with much conviction, and confidence..material resonates with me...I enjoyed his "jar of rocks" example....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer K. Jamieson
    CA
    23/01/15
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    "Definitely abridged"

    I was sad that this was not the full book, but it was what I needed/wanted. I have the book and have read it a couple times and have been applying the principles I learned through it for 6 years. It has made a great impact on my life. It is hard for me to make time to review the book as often as I would wish so I bought this with a desire to listen and review it while cleaning. It has and will work great for that purpose. I gave the story 3 stars because it was so shortened. I would have preferred to have the full book, but it works great for my intentions. If you have not read the book, I would recommend that you get this either after reading the book (for similar purposes as mine) or as an opportunity to find out what it's all about before purchasing the book and taking the time to read it. I am a homemaker and this book and what it teaches has really helped me in putting the first things first in my life and finding joy and happiness in a role that can be a bit overwhelming:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mohammad
    10/01/15
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    "pretty interesting but redundant in many resp"

    audible version was average, short and sweet. a little redundant and common sense. for the price the lesson was average, but on positive side had deep points to implement from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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