7 Habits to Become Highly Effective

How to increase your productivity by applying the insights from one of the best productivity-books of all time

Matthias Karner
Word Garden

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I am a productivity enthusiast.

In the past four years, I’ve read well over 50 books on the topic and some are truly remarkable. One of them is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.

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It has long been celebrated as a cornerstone in the realm of productivity, personal development, and management literature

In this blog post, I’ll delve into the key takeaways from this influential book.

Before we begin

Stephen Covey starts with two principles right in the beginning before he lays out the seven habits:

  • Paradigms: Covey emphasizes the power of paradigms — mental maps that shape how we perceive the world and interact with others. These paradigms are often influenced by external factors and can be challenging to change. However, when a paradigm shift occurs, our perspective transforms dramatically.
  • Inside-out approach: Covey advocates for an inside-out approach to personal and professional success. This means focusing on changing ourselves from within rather than trying to influence external…

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Matthias Karner
Word Garden

Digitalization & IT Leader. Avid Reader. Dedicated Writer. Engineering PhD. Productivity Enthusiast.