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Publisher's Summary

Every day brings us a crushing wave of demands: a barrage of texts, emails, interruptions, meetings, phone calls, tweets, blogs - not to mention the high pressure challenges of our jobs - that can be overwhelming and exhausting. The sheer number of distractions can threaten our ability to think clearly, make good decisions, and accomplish what matters most, leaving us worn out and unfulfilled.

Now FranklinCovey offers powerful insights drawn from the latest neuroscience and decades of experience and research in the time-management field to help you master your attention and energy management through five fundamental choices that will increase your ability to achieve what matters most to you. The 5 Choices is time management redefined for the 21st century: it increases the productivity of individuals, teams, and organizations and empowers you to make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest your valuable time, attention, and energy.

The 5 Choices are:

  • 1. Act on the Important, Don't React to the Urgent
  • 2. Go for Extraordinary, Don't Settle for Ordinary
  • 3. Schedule the Big Rocks, Don't Sort Gravel
  • 4. Rule Your Technology, Don't Let It Rule You
  • 5. Fuel Your Fire, Don't Burn Out

©2014 Franklin Covey Co. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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I like strategy of the 5 choices. I thought I wont learn anything new. I am happy I picked this book. Downside the narrators are horrendous let the experts do that next time please. Another thing is that this is more of a personal platform, the book is trying to link it to enterprise but I nah it wont fit that much.

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Valuable content damaged by jarringly bad reading

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend my friends read the paper or e-book themselves. The content is 10-out-of-10 but the reading by the authors is painful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite part was about how a leader can install this thinking in their organizations.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kory Kogon and Adam Merrill ?

Any professional who knows how to read so that it sounds natural and how to teach concepts from non-fiction books.

Did The 5 Choices inspire you to do anything?

Oh, yes. Despite the painful reading by the authors (and I get that my complaint about the unprofessional reading is just my opinion), I pushed through. Lots of valuable insights. The best insight: my tendency to find new, improved organizations systems can be escapist. My work is to lead myself not wait for the perfect system.

Any additional comments?

Can you re-record it? I'd buy it again to hear it read well. Can the producers find better ways to dissuade authors who shouldn't from reading their own work?

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  • RK
  • 07-02-17

Terrible female narrator

Kory? I apologize for the harsh criticism but you have no business narrating audiobooks. The pitch of your voice inappropriately spikes on the wrong words in every sentence and it's frustrating to listen to you.

I pushed through the preface hoping you wouldn't keep trying to read your own book but every other chapter seemed to be yours. I had to stop listening to what seemed to be a promising book. It's too bad.

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Having multiple narrators was somewhat distracting. Some of the examples could have been a wee bit shorter with the same end results.

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  • 01-04-17

Covey for the Digital Immigrant (and Native)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes! This update to the traditional Covey principles, focusing on tools for the digital environment, and managing the constant influx of "stuff" that can derail us from spending our time on the most valuable activities. I love the advice on how to schedule the big rocks, and not count the gravel, and what taht means using today's tools. They even took into account the potential barriers presented by many companies' security systems and firewalls. A GREAT read!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 5 Choices?

Talking about scheduling the rocks, and ignoring the gravel

What about Kory Kogon and Adam Merrill ’s performance did you like?

Yes -- The use of the techniques to center this around five simple rules which are repeated throughout. They were very simple, clear and catchy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i have had a lifelong interest in how to be more effective, but find that too many approaches don't leverage the technology that we have or recognize the barriers that are presented sometimes by technology. With their focus on making technology work for you, I let out a big "YESSSSS!"

Any additional comments?

Yes, it isn't clear that there are tools that one should have access to while listening to the book. I think the preface (book should say that (if that is the case) and urge the listener to go out to the website to download the appro9priate information It references it for those who are listening on a kindle, but does not provide directions for those who are listening via audio books.

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Great audio... no files to support it

Would you try another book from the authors and/or Kory Kogon and Adam Merrill ?

I bought this book for $20 and it is terrific but the audio files do not come with it and they are not easy to find online.

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waste of time

I was really interested to hear what Franklin Covey has to say about time management. This book was full of corporate jargon. and seems to go out of its way to drag points out. The message could have been delivered in less than one hour. Complete waste of time.

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