Brian Tracy Time Management
Time management is a popular topic among trainers, writers, and bloggers. It is also a rewarding subject: almost everyone can benefit from it. And it is also typically a subject that can lead to less stress. So it’s a subject to delve into in these busy times.
Today I’m going to elaborate on Brian Tracy’s ideas.
Who is Brian Tracy?
Brian Tracy is someone who has inspired many. He writes all kinds of books about how to become successful in sales and about money. He came from a poor and broken family, did not finish high school, and until his thirties, he lived from day to day.
One day he decided he had had enough. He wanted to become successful and also have some money. So he decided to apprentice with the most successful people he knew. He applied their tips and moved on, each time based on the advice he received. He read all kinds of books and sold all kinds of things. He became successful when he decided to start sharing the lessons he had learned.
However, what gave him success the biggest boost was time management.
Tricks and tips don’t work.
In our local library, you can find stacks of books on the subject of Time management. Today, for example, I saw Time management for dummies, Efficient time management next to each other on the shelf. I have also attended several training courses based on the same principles as these books during my career.
These books provide all kinds of practical tips on managing your time best, stack your tasks as much as possible, and do them one after the other. How can you work faster with Outlook (in all kinds of versions)?
How do you keep your mailbox as empty as possible, how you prioritize your e-mails, how you organize your calendar to have more time to do more work.
All beneficial things to know, but ultimately they don’t solve the biggest problem. If you have too much work or impose too much work on yourself (because it doesn’t always come from others), you can have as many handy tricks up your sleeve, but you still end up running into a wall.
So what does work?
Brian Tracy’s basic principle is that you should leave all tricks aside and start by determining your values.
He gives unambiguous guidelines for this.
What do you consider more important in life: your family or your work? Money or time? Things like that.
Once you’ve thought about that carefully and made some framework out of that, it’s then much easier to prioritize.
An example list
1. my family
2. my happiness
3. my health
And after that comes everything else. This is very brief, but that is how it works. And that does indeed give clarity.
If I have to choose between comforting a crying child at night or plugging my ears and continue sleeping (which I’m sure will benefit my health), I’ll get out of bed anyway. And if I have to choose between eating chocolate (which always makes me very happy) or running (which doesn’t make me happy), I’m afraid I’ll go for the former again, no matter how unhealthy it is. Sometimes, in a lucid moment, I do realize that being unhealthy doesn’t make me happier. And that sometimes, to achieve long-term goals, you have to reverse the short-term choice. So I decided to run to be able to eat chocolate later on.
Brian Tracy time management tips
Brian Tracy gives us quite a few tips on how to work as hard as possible.
Make a schedule
First, you need to make a thorough schedule every day. Don’t start working like a headless chicken, but first, look at what you need to do. You prioritize each task, and then you work through them in order of priority. Don’t get distracted, and don’t take any shortcuts.
Eat the frog
And that’s where that frog from Eat that frog comes in.
The frog is that one thing you have on your to-do list that you have absolutely no motivation to do and that you’re most likely to procrastinate on. … Eating the frog means to just do it, otherwise, the frog will eat you meaning that you’ll end up procrastinating it the whole day. [What it means to eat the frog]
I can understand that. Since reading about this concept, I look for the frog in my to-do list every day: which action item gives me the most stress? What am I most relieved about when I’m done? I do that first. Then that’s behind me, and I have much more peace in my head for all the other tasks.
Brian’s third tip: work when you’re at work.
Distraction is like kryptonite for productivity. If you manage to keep distractions to a minimum or eliminate them, that alone will make you much more productive. It is easy to get distracted when you feel that other things might be more important than what you are working on. To avoid this kind of distraction, spend some time planning what you want to do with your time.
Before you start a task, ask yourself, “What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?” and really try to answer that question. Once you know what that is, work on it. As Brian Tracy says, you have told yourself that the task at hand is the most important, so everything else that comes your way is relatively unimportant. If something is on your mind while working, kindly postpone it and work on it later, after you have completed your most important task.
If you apply these basic tips, prioritizing, planning, and working at your job, you will indeed achieve a lot more.