One of the things I said I was going to do in my ‘10 things I’m going to do to make 2017 great‘ was listen to more audio books. The time I spend driving my car is a regular feature of my week. It takes me about 30 to 40 minutes to get into the office where I work and the same to get home. This is lost time if I don’t do something productive with it. So, I listen to audio books (and sometimes Radio 4!). I got myself an audible account and my monthly subscription of £7.99 gets me a book a month. Now bearing in mind some of these books to buy individually as audio books are £20 plus that makes great value for money – and even to buy them in hardcopy format is going to be a tenner I’d imagine. So it’s a book a month that someone will read to me! Great! Expanding my knowledge. Motivating and inspiring me! Challenging me! And… using up that dead driving time. Also, keep an eye out for offers as Audible often do introductory deals to get you started (they are currently offering a free month!)
I tend to read motivational books about being organised, living a better life, being productive… that kind of thing…. and here are my favourites!
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
Tracy starts by making the very valid point that in our working, and probably home life, we will never get caught up. So how do you make sure you are doing the right things? One of the issues with this is that we often put off and procrastinate about the things that we need to do but don’t do because they are difficult or hard work, or maybe, in our working life, confrontational. He, as many others also say, points out that if you get this out of the way at the start of the day by making it the first thing you do you will free up your mental energy for the other things you need to do making you more productive in the process. The analogy being that if the first thing you had to do every day was eat a live frog the rest of the day wouldn’t seem so bad!
The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan
Keller (with others) makes some interesting points in this great book. If we need to get on and ‘do’ how do we know what to ‘do’? How do we prioritise? If you are like me you probably find that you manage to do lots of stuff but never seem to move anything forward? Maybe that’s because you are not doing, as Keller puts it “the one thing you can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary”. If you get the one thing you do next right then other things may not be required or at least other things would be easier. He points out that we all have the same number of hours in the day and the same number of days in a lifetime yet some people seem to achieve so much more. He points to Arnold Schwarzenegger who with the same number of hours in a day, days in week etc etc has managed to be one of the greatest body builders ever, one the highest grossing box office stars ever and is now successful in American politics – some really do get more done!
Life Leverage by Rob Moore
In Life Leverage Moore explores the world of knowing and mastering yourself. He talks about needing to you know when you are ‘on fire’ and knowing when you are ‘in and out of flow’. He talks about how to utilise your time efficiently and explores the benefits of outsourcing. Life is but fleeting and surely we should aim to get the most from it and his philosophy explores key ways to do that. In the book gives you ways to preserve time not waste it!
Get yourself an audible account, make more use of that driving time! Or stick your headphones in at the gym and turn the gangster rap off and educate yourself with some motivational books!