Brian Tracy - Master Your Time

Chapter 1

Anybody can be good at time management. There's no such thing as being born messy, or being irreversibly programmed to be stressed or frantic. How can we prove that? If someone were to offer you $1,000,000 to be an excellent time manager and to be tremendously organized for the next 30 days, I bet you can be very very efficient at time management if the incentive were high enough.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
-- Benjamin Franklin

How to make the most of these tapes:

  1. You need to listen to these tapes about 6 times (with pauses in between) in order for the information to really stick in your mind
  2. Use affirmations to get your subconscious to accept the belief that you are good at time management:
    • I am well organized
    • I am excellent at time management
    • I use my time well
  3. Visualize in vivid detail a period in your life when you were very well organized or efficient. Play this picture of you at your very best, over and over in your mind. In athletics training, this is called mental rehearsal.
  4. Fake it till you make it.
  5. Imitate a role model in time management
  6. "Whole brain learning" - while listening to this material, simultaneously think about how you'd teach it to someone else. Any information that you share with someone becomes more yours by enhanced memorization.
  7. Lead by example. Image that everyone in your company or family or circle of friends would look up to you as an example of good time management. Ask yourself what you'd do differently to set an example. You are more efficient when you look upon yourself as an example, you'll always tend to do and be better than if you just look upon yourself to be more efficient for yourself alone.

Self esteem (how much you value and respect yourself) is the most important characteristic of a healthy personality. Self esteem can be affected by three factors related to time management:

  1. your values - people who value themselves use their time well, and due to the law of reversibility, people who use their time well, value themselves
  2. mastery - a feeling of competence, effectiveness and control
  3. your goals and activities - organizing them so they are congruent with your values (things you think are right) and abilities (things you are good at)

The quality of your life is largely determined by the quality of your time management.

If you won $1,000,000, tax free, what would you do differently? What would you stop? What would you start? Where would you go? What one thing would you attempt, if you were guaranteed success? What would you want to be remembered for?

What do you love to do, more than anything else?

The quick list method: Do this exercise every single morning: as quickly as possible (less than 30 seconds), write down your top 3 goals in life. Below, write out your goals and plans for the day. You'll be amazed at how this exercise will help you refine and clarify who you are and what you want to do.

Principle #5: the more detailed your plan, the more likely you are to be successful.

Chapter 2

Air travel tips: people are more productive on the outbound flight; relax on the return flight. Get a window seat so that you won't be disturbed by others wanting to go to the washroom. Arrive to the airport 1 hour early (studies have shown that arriving in a rush makes you waste 2 hours relaxing after you get on the plane) Wear headphones to discourage conversation, or when asked what you do, answer "I am a fundraiser for a religious cult"

Humans have a tendency to major in minors and work on things that don't need to be done at all. What you spend your time on is a very good indicator of what your priorities are.

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