Do you ever feel like you are overwhelmed with work?
Most people do. Especially around the holidays. If you are a student, you are swamped with final exams and semester tests. If you work for yourself, you’ve got all kinds of end of the year tasks to wrap up. And if you’re an employee, your boss is probably issuing you as many assignments as he can before Christmas.
Time Management by Brian Tracy is a concise guide that can help you plow through your work and free up your schedule. As the book’s title indicates, you’ll learn all about managing your time and becoming more efficient as you pursue your goals.
Here are three key lessons from the book that you can start using now. They’ll help you immensely:
You Are Never “Too Busy”
Everyone has the same 24 hours in their day. No one gets more time than anyone else.
So why are some people able to get a lot done, while others struggle to complete basic tasks?
Most people fail to be use their time wisely because they are oblivious to all the opportunities surrounding them. If you feel like you are too busy to get something done, “make time” by waking up an hour earlier. This simple change will give you an extra seven hours a week to tackle your goals. You can get a lot done with that amount of time.
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Read a book while you eat lunch. Put a pull-up bar in your house and use it every time you walk past. There are a thousand ways to free up your scheduled and do the things you want to do.
Most Of Your Day Is Spent On Pointless Activities
How often do you look at your phone? Mindlessly text girls? Browse social media?
The average person checks their phone 150 times per day, watches 28 hours of television every week, and browses Facebook for 40 minutes each afternoon. If you feel like you can’t get anything done, look at where your time is going.
The majority of people fritter away their time on pointless activities.
You will never remember most of what you watched on TV or heard in a bar. But you will always regret every opportunity that you missed.
Ask yourself if the things you are doing have a meaningful impact. What is the long-term benefit?
When you start tracking your time, you realize which of your actions are and are not important.
Horsing Around Costs You At Least $20,000 Each Year
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When you sleep in or loaf around, you are stealing opportunities from yourself.
Case in point:
Every day after work I would spend about an hour goofing off. I’d surf YouTube, play video games, or troll Twitter. While all these things are fun, they do not actually benefit me in a meaning way.
After reading Time Management, I decided to make a change. I took one hour a day that would have been spent on mindless entertainment and invested it in something more useful, freelance writing.
My new-found time was spent looking for writing jobs online that would pay at least $50 an hour. Although an extra $50 a day doesn’t sound like a lot, it adds up over time. In fact, here is how much extra I will earn from this one simple change:
$50 x 365 = $18,250
If you have a goal you are working towards, an extra hour a day might be the difference between success and failure.
When you want to get more done, Brian Tracy’s Time Management can help. This is a very quick read and one that you can finish in a day or two. Despite the short length, I found it to be incredibly useful. And I think you will benefit a from it too.
P.S. Did you know that buying books is a tax write-off? You can order a book, use its information to make money, and then claim the title as a “business expense.”