First Things First

  • by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill
  • Narrated by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill
  • 1 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original recording Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

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

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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.
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- Alton A. Ivory "I have been an avid audible listener foot quite some time.it has helped me stay sharp and entertained as well."

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
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2004
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio