7 Habits of Highly Effective Wine Drinking

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Wine Drinking

I’m sure you’ll have heard of the famous original, by Stephen R Covey, who all the way back in 1989 published his book the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I was refreshing my memory with these habits the other day, as since I returned to work, I am struggling to keep up with all my commitments.

I wondered if he had any advice that could help me with my juggling and hat wearing act. Maybe there was a trick to help me find more time out of nowhere?

So I re-read these habits and took a look at where I was spending my time.

I’m either at work, commuting, busy entertaining/caring for my child, looking after my household (shopping, cooking, cleaning, washing ), blogging, visiting family / friends, in bed (trying to sleep), or in my few spare moments, drinking wine.

After a busy day or week of doing, doing, doing; the way I choose to relax once the baby is in bed, is with a large glass of wine.

For a short moment, I felt the wine guilt.

I started to beat myself up that I could be being so much more productive with my time and that I perhaps should not be relaxing and enjoying my favourite tipple, but doing something else.

Then I realised that I was highly effective at drinking wine. It is indeed a passion and a skill of mine. I looked at the 7 tips and thought: Yep, here I am doing my best at drinking wine very effectively.

Because this book is a little old, and not necessarily written in a plain English, let me explain my interpretation of the 7 habits.


Stephen says: Your life doesn’t just “happen”. Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by you. The choices, after all, are yours. You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose decisiveness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage. You choose fear. 




You can even go as far to choose a particular grape, a special wine, a wine to suit the weather or your mood. You choose. Be proactive in your choice to drink wine, and which one to drink!


Begin with the End in Mind

Stephen says: Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen. 


Me: Well that’s easy. My clear vision is of me, sat in my comfy chair, with a large glass of something delicious, a deep breath and a smile of my face.

Ahhhhhh, That’s better.

I would like to choose to spend my down time, chillaxing with some delicious wine.


Put First Things First


To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay. There’s no need to overextend yourself. All it takes is realizing that it’s all right to say no when necessary and then focus on your highest priorities.

So after the hard work is done and the baby’s in bed, first things first, let’s pour a nice glass of wine and have a little break. No need to ‘overextend’ myself. I need to stop, and take some time for me.


Think Win-Win

Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying. We both get to eat the pie, and it tastes pretty darn good! 

A person or organization that approaches conflicts with a win-win attitude possesses three vital character traits:

  1. Integrity: sticking with your true feelings, values, and commitments
  2. Maturity: expressing your ideas and feelings with courage and consideration for the ideas and feelings of others
  3. Abundance Mentality: believing there is plenty for everyone

Win-Win indeed. I purchase the delicious wine to enjoy and hereby prop up the economy. I reward the wine making industry for their hard work, love and labour that goes in to making it.

  1. I am true to myself and my love of wine. I am commited to enjoying it as a way to relax.
  2. I share my favourites, and suggest and recommend great wines for others to try.
  3. There really is plenty for everyone.


Seek First to Understand and then be Understood

Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you had that enables you to listen so you really, deeply understand another human being?

I listen to the wine. I look at its colour –is it pale or creamy? I give it a good sniff to check the bouquet or nose, if you will. I take a sip and hear what my taste buds tell me. A bit of citrus here, and gooseberry there, acidity, clarity, minerals… Oh how I listen to the wine.

I understand what I like and what I don’t like. And I share my feelings with others.



To put it simply, synergy means “two heads are better than one.” Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. Synergy lets us discover jointly things we are much less likely to discover by ourselves.


Simple. Head to the pub and enjoy your wine with friends.

Perhaps ask them what wine they would recommend?

Or for something more educational, pop to a wine tasting.

Benefit from the wisdom of others.


Sharpen the Saw


Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you. 

Feeling good doesn’t just happen. Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself. It’s all up to you.


You already know the answer to this.

Pop that cork and preserve your sanity.

Take a break, sit down, relax and enjoy a glass of wine.




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