“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
– Stephen Covey
Dr. Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is critically acclaimed by Time Magazine as one of the top 25 business management books out there. I beleive that the best practices that you can employ for your business will also greatly benefit your mental health . Let’s go through Covey’s 7 habits that make you more effective including why you need the end in mind and why it’s important to schedule your priorities.
Stephen Covey was a very famous author and his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, was published in 1988. TIME Magazine listed his book as one of the top 25 business management books. He died tragically in 2012 after a freak bike accident. His book was the first non-fiction to ever sell more than a million copies. I believe that his lessons can be applied to greatly enhance your mental health.
1st Habit: Be proactive:
Don’t sit around and wait for your situation to get business, become proactive and find ways to better your situation, job, relationship and whatever you want to make better.
2nd Habit: Begin with the end in mind:
Ask yourself – What do I want to accomplish? What outcome do I desire. Once you have that goal, don’t stop pursuing and reevaluating until you get there.
3rd Habit: Put first things first:
Let’s face it, we are all busy with some many personal, work, social and family obligations. We need to learn how to schedule our time to focus on our rest, self-care and the greatest priorities in life.
4th Habit: Think “Win-Win”:
When we are trying to negotiate with someone, they must feel that we have their best interests in mind or they simply will not agree to compromise.
5th Habit: Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
No one will listen to a word you say if they think you don’t understand them. Show your partner, children, boss, friends and coworkers that you really care and that you value their input.
6th Habit: Synergize: The sum is always greater than the whole. Don’t get discouraged on your journey. Success comes from small victories adding up to a whole new way of life and healthy habits. Ray Dalio talks about synergy in his new book Principles
7th Habit: Sharpen the Saw – We always need to freshen up and look at what we are doing to make sure we are doing it more efficiently and effectively.