63% of wealthy listen to audio books
during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals"
by Thomas Corley, CPA, CFP
It's a great paradox.
you get paid, the less disciplined you have to be at time
management because your work is cut out for you.
higher you move up the management ladder, the better you have to
get at time management because your job will be less structured,
and you'll have more demands on your time.
Here's a quick
way to get more accomplished in less time.
everything you have to do into four categories:
Pleasant and Productive
2. Unpleasant but Productive
Pleasant but Unproductive
4. Unpleasant and Unproductive
Obviously categories 3 and 4 - tasks that need to be
done but are not particularly productive (like paperwork and
administrative tasks) - should be moved down your list. This is
especially critical when youre self-employed.
1 and 2 the ones that are productive come first.
here's the mistake most people make. When given two tasks that
are equally productive but one is pleasant and the other is
dreaded they'll do the more pleasant one first.
Instead, do the productive but most miserable thing
you have to do first thing in the morning.
client you need to call but dread talking to because he's a
jerk. Go through the counseling session with your top producing
sales rep who's getting off track.
Whatever it is, there
are three reasons you should do it first:
human fatigue is a factor, you'll be at your best in the morning
when you're fresh even if you're not a morning person.
2. No matter how emotionally draining it may be, you'll be more
energized after it's over because you'll feel a sense of
3. Other tasks will seem easier and less
unpleasant because you already knocked out the one you dreaded
the most first
It sounds ridiculously simple, but it's a
remarkably powerful method.
Try it and you'll be amazed.
This method of time management
parallels Dave Ramsey's "Debt Snowball" method of paying off the
credit card with the smallest balance ( instead of the one with
the highest interest rate) first. The earlier you get a small
victory under your belt, the sooner you build momentum.
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