Now everyone has their own style of getting things done. What I’ve discovered about myself is that I need to make a list. It’s one of the things I’ve heard over and over again in the personal development audio programs I listen to. The funny thing is that now I’ve really started doing it, I notice just how much more I get done. I literally knocked off 12 things on my list today. Many of them, I would’ve put off (for who knows how long). The simple task of adding an item to the list means I get it done. I see that outstanding item, and it bothers me till it’s done. Now don’t get me wrong, some of the items just get postponed till tomorrow, but it forces me to look at it daily.
Now I use a tool called Remember The Milk. I love it. it works great on the iphone, and it serves as a constant reminder of what I need to be working on. I encourage you to give it a try. It doesn’t matter how you do it, a notebook, a smart phone app, or a deck of index cards. The trick is, don’t do anything that takes more than 10 mins unless it’s on the list. It forces you prioritize what you need to do. Anyway, I’m going to keep this one short because you get the point. Make a list, and watch your productivity increase.
Today’s post is going to move a little more toward bettering yourself. I’m gonna talk about self-improvement. I know it sounds like one of those weird things that new age people in California do, after doing yoga and meditation. At least, that’s what I thought at first. I got turned onto the stuff about 10 years ago, and I can honestly say it’s changed my life. It’s really easy to do. Get yourself an audio program, put it on your ipod/mp3 player and listen to that everyday in your car on the way to work, or on a morning jog. Now the great thing about the audio programs is that there are so many out there, I guarantee if you look, you’ll find something interesting. The best program I’ve found is by Brian Tracy, and it’s called the Psychology of Achievement. In short, it goes over some very simple ways to make yourself a happier, more productive and more fulfilled person. There are also programs that talk about running a business, marketing, sleeping better, learning faster, or learning a new language. The important lesson that I learned was that by listening to self help/self improvement stuff was that it made me a better person all around. I started making more money, I was having more and better ideas, I found the woman of my dreams and married her. All because I accidentally found these programs and started listening to them on the way to work. What do you have to lose? is your life getting better listening to the latest song on the radio? Mine sure wasn’t.
To get you started, here’s some of my favorite “authors”:
Brian Tracy (I”ve listened to a lot of his stuff, loved everything).
David DeAngelo – this program introduced to me Brian Tracy, along with a lot of other ideas.
John Cummuta, Zig Ziggler, and many others. If you’re interested in exact titles in my libary, just respond to this post. I’ll be happy to share.