I finally completed the book, “How to Master Your Time” by Brian Tracy. I started reading the book in the first week of November, it was an easy read overall. The book title says it all so it’s no brainer to figure out what this book is all about. What the author didn’t share in the title that, this book is specifically for the top managers in MNCs, sales guys, employees, businessmen and students.
The title was very obvious which was the reason why I didn’t pick this book up from the shelf for a very long time, I guess I was prejudging the book by its title and I thought that I was managing my time very effectively. I was so wrong. Often we think that we are right and later find ourselves to be so wrong. If you think you manage your time well and you are kind of proud of it (like I was before reading this book) you should definitely read this book. This book actually tells what other successful people do to use their time effectively.
In the beginning, the suggestions we were very obvious but gradually I started relating them and started saving the important suggestion in my notebook. If I would list them here they would seem quite obvious but the reason why author suggested them to the readers is not at all obvious. The last 5 pages of the book were like the best summary ever of the book and I was thanking God that I picked this book up. In order to share with you more effectively, I would share the learnings later in subsequent posts.
Gary Gilmore’s last words were “Let’s do this.” His words were actually the inspiration for the slogan “Just do it” by Nike. The strange thing is that Gary Gilmore wasn’t a great guy, on the contrary, he was a murderer and when the executors asked him for his last words, he said, “Let’s do this“.
Dan Wieden, the co-founder of advertising agency Wieden-Kenney, was there at the time of Gary’s execution and at that time he was struggling with a tag line. He came up with “Just do it” after Gary’s execution and it became one of the best taglines of the 20th century. Brian Tracy has mentioned about this story briefly in his book, “How To Master Your Time” and the story was worth digging and sharing it with others.
Reminders like, “just do it“, “do it now“, serve as a very effective spiral breakers and saying it out loud is often one of the best things we can do to get out of our comfort zone and start doing the work at hand.
Reminding ourselves out loud have a profound impact on ourselves. We often get distracted thanks to the technologies and innovations and if we are not careful we might find ourselves finding something on the web which has almost no impact on ourselves. Like everything else technology comes with its pros and cons nothing special about it.
With that said, one the most effective ways to talk you out of the unnecessary spirals is by reminding yourself, “back to work“. Very simple but very powerful. We have the ability to force ourselves to do the things which are unpleasant sometimes and reminding ourselves out loud is one of the best tools available, says the author of, “How To Master Your Time“, Brain Tracy.
We look for complexities in life but we often forget that leading a successful life is not complex at all. Just do one thing at a time and everything would fall into place. Again it’s simple to say but difficult to implement. After reading this article say out loud to yourself, “back to work” and your subconscious would comply and would help you get back to work.
Since everything is slowly becoming normal I am also back to reading my books. Currently I am reading “Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie”. I have just started reading it and it sounds pretty interesting so far. Along with this I am also reading “How to Master Your Time” by Brain Tracy. “How Mind Works” by Steven Pinker is still in progress though, the book has become too technical to read but I will try my best to at least complete what I have started. “Emotional Intelligence” is in my wishlist for a very long time, I will start reading that too in parallel with whatever I am reading right now(I haven’t started it yet).
“Willpower is a limited resource”, that’s right. This is one of the first take aways from the book, “How to Master Your Time“. Remember the time when you were too exhausted to go to the gym after having a rough day at work. I know you curse yourself to death and felt guilty, I was there too. It wasn’t your fault, actually it was just that you ran out of your willpower and that’s completely okay.
With that said, there is a good news which is that like every other resources our willpower can also be increased but that is another story, another post. Over all, “How to Master Your Time” has a promising start let’s see how the rest of the book unfolds.