Episode 19: College Students and the 7 Habits

November 2, 2015



My quest for being more productive, and how I’m fitting it into my routine (audiobooks).


No Q/A this week, as I want to focus on the main topic for as much of the podcast as possible today.


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The next several Mondays are going to focus on some of the more famous personal management systems out there today.  I think it’s great to learn about methods that many people have found to be effective, and borrow as much as or as little as you like to design your own workflow.


This week I will cover Stephen Covey’s very famous book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  Written in 1989 (not at all in the 70’s as I stated in the podcast, my bad there, sorry Mr. Covey), I’ve already referred to this book once before, when discussing Urgency/Importance back in Episode 15.  This week, I’ll take a deeper dive into a couple of the habits that I find particularly salient for college students with mental health issues, or really any college student in general.


Here are the 7 Habits:


  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win/Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw


Today I will focus on Habits 1 & 7.


Being proactive

  • Don’t wait to ask that question, start that assignment, etc (task management)
  • Taking initiative outside of class —> opportunities
  • Stop waiting for things to come to you
  • Disability office


Sharpen the saw

  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Reading
  • Spirituality


For more info visit https://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits.php


Home Exercise:


This week, try to be proactive in a situation you’ve been procrastinating on.


Also, consider implementing one tool-sharpening strategy into your wellness arsenal.




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