“First Things First” reminds Stephen R. Covey…

Open Book and Discussion Group based on the book:

First Things First

The book was written by Stephen R. Covey and A. Roger and Rebecca R. Merrill

Discussion Tuesday Evening 07.12.11 at 7

Greetings All,

Keeping “First Things First” sounds so simple, logical and incontrovertible. Why don’t we do it then? We are buffeted about the waves of life as though they were all crashing breakers that we had no ability to navigate through or around. We buy countless calendars, scheduling tool devices and software, books, attend seminars and still find ourselves wondering why we haven’t accomplished more. All of that efficiency expert wisdom sounds so good but in the end isn’t so efficient or workable. Why? It is as though our e-mail, CNN, Huffington Post, Fox News and Angry Birds all conspire to take us off-course. How do we navigate and find our own “True North?’

Stephen Covey and the Merrill’s hearken back and remind us of some foundational truths and values that need to be dusted off and re-employed in these so-called modern times. Covey and the Merrill’s fly in the face of traditional priorities-based time management programs and offer their own “principles-based” system for staying on track in a world that conspires to send us off-course. This is workable information that could make a difference in your life and in your legacy. That is, if you will allot it some time and energy. Your choice!

Our new format starts at seven and ends at nine so that more may join us for our time at Steak & Shake as well.

First Things First Discussion Points:

  • Why you “need a compass instead of a clock.”
  • Do you often feel a victim of your own calendar or Day-Planner?
  • Does it seem that certain items never get scratched-off your “To-Do” list?
  • Are your “Important Items” written down and reviewed frequently?
  • What are your “Deeply Important Things?” Jobs/career, more sales, family issues, health, spiritual…?
  • Do you spend lots of time on “good things versus great things?”
  • Do you take time to “Sharpen your saw?”
  • If you were to pen a “personal mission statement” what would that sound like?
  • Do you make your way by personal initiative or by floating on currents and tides as they pull you?
  • Are you rolled over by meaningless distractions and issues that crop up during your days and weeks?
  • All that you do divided into “four quadrants,” where do you spend most of your time and energy?
  • Do your stated “Important Items: get the attention and energy that you say they deserve?
  • Do interruptions, trivia and countless time vampires suck your day dry?
  • Are many of your “crises” really crises or do your reactions make them so?
  • Who “empowers” you? Who defines your schedule and valuation of activities?
  • Do you try to take shortcuts (cramming) that often lead to damaging/less than productive results?”
  • Is your future one of vision or of fog? Why?
  • Just what might Gandhi and Victor Frankel might advise if they were in your “accountability circle?”
  • How “Roles” can either help you or hurt you in terms of accomplishing objectives.
  • What phantoms are you chasing?

 “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” – Stephen R. Covey

Our time together at Steak & Shake is a Quadrant 2, Urgent and Important priority within the Covey program after we conclude at Barnes & Noble.

Join us, won’t you?



Why do we have such problems staying on course for our objectives?

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M.

Free! There is no charge for $timulus!!!

Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

"Define the deeply important three or four things and do them!" - Stephen R. Covey


About MonteWashburn

Greetings, Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Monte, a passionate lover of a great spectrum of nonfiction books and authors and in hoping to provide some guidance to the many currently unemployed or under-employed persons much of the content posted here will revolve around books of the job search, career, entrepreneurial pursuits and personal development. Other related blogs and material will be heralded here as well. And a little fiction just may sneak in as well from time to time. May you find your own stimulus here. Expectantly, Monte
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