In the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People there are 7 habits to learn (obviously lol). The first three are about private habits. And once you have read through habit 1 and 2, the 3rd habit is about putting them together and actualizing them.
As the book describes is about power of will in leading, then managing oneself. I particularily like that the statement he makes…
Manage from the left, lead from the right
I have been told that I am highly intuitive and this is a right brain function. For me the challenge is managing myself as I don’t like to do things methodically or do the same thing every day.
This is a personal challenge I will have to over come. I heard somewhere else that it is a good idea to do 3 hours of chores a day. That to me means, do the managing oneself for 3 hours a day max…otherwise I will go insane cause I like to be creative and engage with people. Its fun and fills me with energy.
I also like getting sales daily, cause it gives me a bit of a rush and then I just want to get more sales. It also sort of validates the work I have to prove that it is working. It’s a great feeling.
Also, its about being able to make a commitment to oneself to act. Otherwise we are acted upon…essentially giving up our own will.
And, going being that…its about putting first things first. With this in mind, E.M. Gray says he found that successful people do the things that unsuccessful people don’t want to do. They still don’t like doing it, but they do it anyway.
Then, getting into time management or really personal management. Where do you spend most of your time? Find out how to best spend your time in this book. It is quite fascinating.