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am 8. Mai 1999
First Things First is a truly great book for which the author deserves all the credit. I want to use this occasion however to make a clear point about all the other books the author has been churning out over the years. It is true as somebody here suggested that many of the themes in one book are repeated over and over again in the other books. Applying the wisom of First Things First I can only recommend to anybody who is considering buying one of his books: Say Yes To the Important and say no to the unimportant, Buy First Things First and don`t get caught in the Covey Marketing trap. I don`t say this to ridicule Mr. Covey`s other books. But the great thing about buying with Amazon is to be able to read the reviews of actual readers and then to make informed decisions.Unfortunately Covey`s postulated "abundance mentality" led him to overflow the market with still another book that is hammering home the same message. I have no problem whatsoever with Mr. Covey making a great deal of money with his books. I just think that it is a pity that he is somewhat undermining his authority on the issues by trying to get people hooked on more and more insignificant material. If one buys a copy of the book First Things First and additionally the one tape program of First Things First, one will get the most benefit from Covey. Read the book, excerpt the key-points and listen to the tape frequently, it will change the mind-set, the conscience and thereby finally the behaviour. And don`t get addicted to Covey!
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am 18. August 2005
If working harder, smarter, and faster won't solve it, what will?

Allen denjenigen, die sich diese Frage im Berufleben schon häufig gestellt haben und die vergeblich selbst nach Antworten gesucht haben, gibt diese Buch viele interessante Anregungen.

Aus dem Inhalt:
- Der Unterschied zwischen Dringlichkeit (Urgency) und Wichtigkeit (Importance)
- to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy (physical needs, social needs, mental needs, spiritual needs)
- the true north principle
- die Schritte, um "First things first" umzusetzen
- the passion of "Vision"
- "center of focus", "circle of influence", "circle of concern"
- integrity in the moment of choice.

Meiner Meinung nach noch lesenswerter und wertvoller als die "Seven habits of highly effective people".
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am 10. September 2003
Gekauft mit einem Schulterzucken, denn Bücher oder Ratschläge wie ich meine Zeit optimal nutze hatte ich genug.
Durch den für mich einprägsamen und interessanten Schreibstil von Covey interessierte mich das Buch trotzdem, und die Neugierde hat sich gelohnt.
Die planerischen Passagen der Tabellen und trockenen Organisationshilfen habe ich etwas "schneller" gelesen, aber die Heranführung an das Thema sodass es auch nachhaltig hilft ist sagenhaft.
Daher mein Tipp: auch kaufen, wenn der Schrank mit ähnlichem Material vollsteht ... und noch besserer Tipp: wirklich lesen ;-)
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am 6. April 1999
I first read this book when the hardcover edition was first published, to the best of my recollection we are talking about 5 years ago. Before then I had read almost every book written on time management. The only thing I learned from them was that they all basically gave the same advice, and very little of it was helpful. Meanwhile I was still getting bogged down in little tasks and piles of papers, instead of living my dreams.
This book provided the direction I needed. When I first read about writing a personal mission statement, I did not believe I could write a one page document, never have to revise it, and still be guided by it for a lifetime. Well I was wrong, and they were right! When life gets crazy, I can usually find the answers in my mission statement, or in this book
Thank you Dr. Covey
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am 1. Juli 1997
This is the best book on time management I have ever read. "First Things First" puts "Seven Habits" into action. It takes the "Habits" principles--sometimes a bit too abstract (and obtuse) and shows you how to put them to work. If you find you don't have time for the people and things that are really important in your life, read this book. If you take the suggestions seriously, you will never again short-change what you love. And, if you do, you will be at least be aware of your choices. A word of warning, though: Covey has an entire catalogue of products to sell you to support "First Things First," but the company does seem to be committed to "principle centered" business
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Stephen R. Covey bietet mit seinen Co-Autoren eine fundierte Analyse samt Bewältigungsstrategie unserer zunehmend unüberschaubarer werdenden Arbeitswelt. Erstmals erschienen 1994 und 2002 neu editiert scheint es fast zeitlos.

„First things first“, so der Titel im Original, klingt furchtbar simpel. Jeder der sich mit dem Thema aber schon einmal auseinandergesetzt hat, weiß, wie schwer es ist, diesem Leitsatz im schnelllebigen Büroalltag tatsächlich zu folgen.

Gerade Führungskräften stellt sich häufig die Herausforderung eben kein Micromanagement zu betreiben, sondern sich Zeit für das Wesentliche zu nehmen. Warum es sich lohnt und wie es funktionieren kann, zeigt Covey mit seinen Co-Autoren klar verständlich.

Aber auch Mitarbeitern, die keine Führungsaufgabe ausüben, kann es als Augenöffner dienen und mittelfristig die eigene Karriere befördern.

Denn die Aussagen und Hinweise sind brandaktuell, eine manchmal erschreckende Bestandsaufnahme unserer Zeit, aber auch unserer Möglichkeiten der Gegenwehr. Absolut empfehlenswert!
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am 13. Mai 2000
Steve Covey did an extraordinary job condensing the privileged knowledge from his academic thesis about the wisdom literature across the ages, combined with the lessons of his succesful life.
The result is a wholistic masterpiece, which leads you to face existence from the deepest questions like "why am I in this world" all the way to practical guidance on keeping an organizer leading to a fulfilling life.
Reading the reviews I see some people seeing this book as a new form of time management. It would be somewhat frustrating and uneffective to buy this book with that sole purpose in mind. You need to have the right mindset to read - and keep - it, as you would with other philosophy works.
I have for this book the same consideration other people have for the Bible. Note that it is not a metaphysic or religious book - as far as I know Covey himself is a christian.
I believe that reading passages of First Things First often and following its precepts leads to a meaningful life. It shapes a lifestyle, a discipline full of virtue and enchantement.
Think of it as a trip to Tibet packed with a senior executive course on people skills - a profoundly humanistic work for the self who's also a contemporary citizen of the world.
That's why I presented it to my daughter and her husband as a wedding gift.
In my appreciation Covey's First Things First supersedes his previous Seven Habits for Very Effective People, also an outstanding lesson of life.
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am 4. Juli 1998
Covey and the Merrills have produced a time management book that is unlike any other. Traditional books on time management urge readings to prioritise and work smarter to fit all necessary work in. First Things First focuses on what is important and not on priorities. It advises readers to always do what is important rather than what is urgent.
Although I found this book insightful and full of good strategies I am yet to effectively implement them.
Like the 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' this book is overloaded with many concepts. At times these concepts are explained in a way that makes them more complex (I am sure that this wasn't the authors intent). The book becomes very heavy in places and takes a great deal of concentration to understand. This turns the reader off and it is difficult to move through the book quickly.
I would advise all owners of this book to also purchase the audio version. This is a condensed version of the book and it gives an excellent summary. It allows listeners to digest the concepts and discusses the right amount of information. After listening to the tape I found reading the book easier going.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone and as the authors point out people must practice the techniques continuously. It is not an overnight cure only the start to future personal time management.
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am 2. Januar 1997
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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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.

You are encouraged to develop a personal mission statement (because seeing meaning to life gives us more optimism and perserverance), consider all of your life roles, locate the highest payoff areas for those roles, make principle-centered decisions, exercise integrity in your moments of choice, and continually reevaluate how you are doing.

After you listen to this work, consider how well balanced or unbalanced your life is. Then think about what your habits are that cause you to have such imbalances. Next, start changing those habits to better ones.
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