To fishing this chapter/post, let’s look at the following:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Another master of self improvement and productivity is Stephen R. Covey who wrote the 7 habits of highly effective people (Covey, Stephen, R. (1998), The 7 habits of highly effective people, Fireside, New York). His seven habits form a basis for any productivity and personal development plan.
The first three habits focus on the move from dependency to independence, e.g. self mastery:
1) Be Proactive: Your actions determine your effectiveness in life. Follow through what you think and be responsible for any actions taken.
Getting things done – really – means to be proactive. Don’t wait around until life happens to you, as you are the one in the driver seat of your own life. Decide on the gear you want to put your life in, reverse (backwards), fast or slow. You can change it around but once you are in the driver seat, make sure you drive, take actions and be proactive. Make suggestions, learn and deliver. Build a reputations for your good work, most else will follow.
2) Begin with the End in Mind: Visualise where you want to be, create a mission statement and go towards that goal.
A very important habit. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there. Aim high, put your passion out there, what you want to achieve in life. This can be a family or a dream job, a challenge in sports or whatever drives you on. But by visualising this goal, you will be driving towards it, all the time. It will keep you on the road when all others are pulling over for a pit stop.
That is your purpose. Your 40,000 feet. Your reason to be here.
3) Put First things First: Prioritise your tasks by importance rather than urgency; propel towards your goals.
Prioritise your tasks. Get done what needs to get done first. Checking in for a flight in 3 weeks time is not as important as finishing the powerpoint for tomorrow’s meeting. Make sure the actions are aligned with your goals and objectives and drive you forward.
The next three habits are about Interdependence, e.g. working with others.
4) Think Win-Win: Strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in any relationship. Seek a long-term solution.
I am a firm believer of giving to others. I am here to help. My solutions I am selling are here to make the life of my opposite easier. That is what my life is about, winning for others that benefits myself. Win-Win. In anything I do. Any other combination will lead to dissatisfaction, bad karma and you not being happy in your job or achievement. If you make the other person loose for the advantage of yourself, you will not have a good life. It will backfire on you one day, and you put your reputation at stake.
5) Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood: Listen to the other person and have an open mind to whatever s/he says. This will create a caring and positive atmosphere to work in.
Again, this habit is essential. In sales, in management, in marketing, in consulting, in finance. Listen! Also applies to relationships with spouse, kids, and any family member. Listen and understand people’s needs, aims, feelings, goals, objectives. Try to understand no matter how different your opinions are. Try to walk in someone else’s shoes. Once you have taken in the input, make sure to be understood also.
6) Synergize: Combine team’s strengths to achieve more than you could achieve yourself.
Working in teams, trusting others and collaborate with people of different strengths will get you further. We all have things we are less good at and things we are better at. Overall we need to make sure that the optimal output is the combination of the best people and skills.
Habit 7) is about Sharpen the Saw. Balance and renew your resources, do not waste energy (see next chapter). Work on a healthy and sustainable, long term lifestyle. Exercise, meditate and read good books. Service society for spiritual renewal.
Sometimes I think the seven habits sum up the most important things in life. They show what is necessary on a basic level and to be honest also what I have been saying in this book. It is about those basic things in life we need to value and cherish in order to strive above and beyond the competition. Or, if you do not have competition, above and beyond yourself and your own expectations if you wish.
I hope this concluded your first intro to a productive living. It is the start and some fundamental “how to” guides. For more in depth info, refer to the books by David Allen, Stephen Corvey or anyone else I mentioned. A little bit of searching across productivity forums, and discussions around these topics will help to get a different perspective.
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