Quotes about Time by Stephen Covey

Stephen CoveyHere’s a selection of quotations by Stephen R. Covey on the subject of time and effectiveness.

  • The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. 
  • The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. 
  • Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. 
  • Actually I did not invent the seven habits, they are universal principles and most of what I wrote about is just common sense. I am embarrassed when people talk about the Covey Habits, and dislike the idea of being some sort of guru.
  • The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.
  • The environment you fashion out of your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideals, your philosophy is the only climate you will ever live in. The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.
  • Live out of your imagination, not your history. 
  • Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. 
  • You can’t talk your way out of what you’ve behaved yourself into.
  • We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice. 
  • There are three constants in life - change, choice and principles.



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