I thought this would be a good time to review Covey’s 7 Habits:
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think win-win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Synergise: learn to work with others to the benefit of all parties
- Sharpen the saw: keep yourself physically, mentally and spiritually refreshed through such things as exercise, reading, prayer and good works
The objective of these habits is to have you work out of Quadrant 2 instead of Quadrant 1, and to especially keep you out of Quadrant 4. My review of Covey’s 4 quadrants is here.
I think you will also find these Stephen Covey quotes useful and instructive.