I often ask the question “are you controlling your day or is it controlling you?” It’s an interesting concept to ponder as many of us get behind to start off the day and spend the rest of it vainly trying to catch up. For many, days like this string together into weeks or even months until we feel it is impossible to get ahead, our lives are out of balance and we feel out of control. It’s not a happy place to be.
In today’s technology driven world of the Internet, email, smartphones, tablets and the demands of social media it is easy to get caught up in and lost by the 24/7 interconnectedness. It is easy to blow valuable time on the web or Facebook, email and Twitter and have nothing to show for it but a serious gap in available hours to get the important stuff done. Technology can be a help or a hindrance depending on how you master it. Technology should be a tool that brings value and contributes to personal and professional goals and dreams.
As a continuous improvement guy, I am always looking for ways to improve my processes and tweak my routines so I can accomplish my goals. This year I changed my morning routine. But I didn’t wake up on New Year’s Day armed with an ill-conceived resolution. No, I started working on it about 7 months ago by reading up on the best practices and effective leadership traits that aligns one with one’s goals. Below are just a few of the things I read, listened to and did before altering my routine.
- What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- How to Think like Leonardo DaVinci by Michael J. Gelb (one of my top 5 books now)
- Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey
- The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni