“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”

The seven habits
Dr Stephen Covey is a management ideologist whose book identifies aspirational standards based on integrity and humanity. His studies revolve around the common qualities and characteristics of people who are successful. The 7 habits are:

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand and then to be understood
  • Synergise
  • Sharpen the saw

Memory skills and mental agility habits
The two habits that are of most relevance and interest when discussing memory skills and mental agility are:

  • Begin with the end in mind – this habit is concerned with leading yourself towards your aims. By developing the habit of concentrating on relevant activities you will build a platform to avoid distractions and become more productive and successful
  • Put first things first – this habit comprises personal management, organising and implementing activities in line with the aims established above

Can you relate these ideas to your own professional or personal environment?

How can you use them constructively to improve your memory and mental agility?

The aim of this topic is to show you the close relationship between mental agility and effectiveness, at least in the terms that Stephen Covey uses. The suggestion is that there are a number of characteristics that make a person highly effective and that mental agility is an absolute. This is just one theory amongst many, but it has gained significant approval and accolade.