Festival of Frugality #251: Seven Habits Edition

I’m pleased as punch to be hosting this week’s Festival of Frugality. This particular festival has a long and rich history of featuring posts that showcase frugal living and creative ways to save money.

This Week’s Theme

It’s no secret that I have a secret crush on Stephen Covey. This week’s Carnival is organized around Covey’s 7 Habits. If you’re interested in finding out more about how the 7 habits apply to money, be sure to check out my post on the 7 Habits of Personal Finance.

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Let’s get started, shall we?

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Being proactive means focusing on the things within your circle of control, and making sure that you respect the space between what happens to you and your response to the situation.

This week’s editor’s picks are as follows:

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

This habit encourages you to develop a personal mission statement and set long-term goals for yourself based on that mission.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

The habit of “execution,” putting first things first means executing on your mission and goals on a weekly and daily basis. It’s also the habit that encourages you to define your life roles and set up your life around them.

  • Flexo talks about ambivalent people at Consumerism Commentary. Apparently, they have a hard time making decisions. This can spell disaster for your money.
  • If you’re looking to spend less eating out, check out this week’s guide from PT Money.
  • Lauren at Richly Reasonable reminds us of the basics we need to know to save money.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

The first habit of inter-dependence asks you to seek relationships that are mutually beneficial to everyone involved or to go for “no-deal” as the best alternative.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Most people listen through the lens of their own experiences. Seeking first to understand means listening with empathy; not only echoing what the other is saying, but putting yourself in that person’s shoes.

Habit 6: Synergize

Achieving synergy means taking advantage of differences in a group to create a product or decision that’s greater than the sum of the individual parts, not a half-way compromise.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

The habit of personal renewal recharges your batteries in the areas of physical, mental, social/emotional, and spiritual fitness. It allows you to care for yourself so you have the capacity to participate in the other habits.

Next Week’s Carnival

If you missed the deadline for this week’s carnival, or have another great post you’d like to submit, please head over to this Carnival page to find out how.

Thanks to everyone who submitted this week! If you don’t see your post above, it’s likely that it didn’t fit the Carnival’s theme of frugality and savings, didn’t meet the deadline, or you were trying your best to promote a service or product. That’s just the way I roll. 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Photo of Stephen Covey by Abras2010

15 thoughts on “Festival of Frugality #251: Seven Habits Edition

  1. Learn a lesson from Covey and never tell people to stop reading your book! Because, to this day, it still sits on my bookshelf unfinished because I listened to the author 🙂

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