Whole Life

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Introduction In creating a whole life concept for myself as I become an engineer was a little overwhelming for me at first. Reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen R. Covey, really helped me to better understand what a whole life concept was and how to apply it to daily life. In Habit 1 Be Proactive I was introduced to the concentric circles model as seen Fig.1. Starting out with the circle of concern which includes worries fears such as national debt, nuclear war, health, personal relationships and problems at work. Outside of my circle of concern are the things that I do not have any involvement in. Inside my circle of concern there are things that I have no real control of, also there are things I can…show more content…
He breaks down priorities into the quadrants shown in table 1. The best way to mange your time would be staying in quadrant II. By staying in quadrant II you will spend less time in I, and have more time for III and IV. As an engineer developing great time management skills is a must. By staying in quadrant II you will build the relationships need to move forward, and open more doors for the future. Also this will free up more time for those projects that have a deadline and require long hours. Habit 4 Win/Win Win/Win is a character-based code where all parties involved gain something. Win/Win does not show life as a competition where someone loses. Also Covey says that if a mutual benefit can’t be found then no deal, agree to disagree agreeably. In today’s world I believe Win/Win should be applied with the environment in mind especially with nature resources decreasing. Design products that can be easily recycled or having longer lifespans would help reduce our carbon foot print. Habit 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to be understood Communication is one of the most important life skills. In Habit 5 Covey tells us that listening is the most important part of communication. Covey also describes empathic listening, listening with intent to understand the other person’s frame of reference and feelings. After understanding come being understood the key to being understood courage. It is important that

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