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First Things First

Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill

5 mins

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First Things First shows you how to stop looking at the clock and start looking at the compass, by figuring out what's important and prioritizing those things in your life.


First Things First

First Things First

by Stephen R. Covey


First Things First is a book from the 'old but gold' category. Published in 1994, it challenged for the first time the popular 'get more done in less time' approach, taking a look at how one can be efficient while avoiding burnout.

Most of us live our lives by the clock. Appointments, to-do lists, and deadlines have us rushing from one thing to the next, while never getting to what actually matters. We can't even stop for a second to think of the meaning of our actions – or of our lives. This book will help you exchange the clock for a compass that holds your values and principles, so you can be sure you're facing true north at all times. Direction matters a lot more than how fast you're going.

Favorite quote

Where you're headed is more important than how fast you're going.

- Stephen Covey

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