Here in Colorado, we are required to get our cars checked to ensure that they meet clean air emissions standards before we can renew our license plates. It’s a good law, one that helps with the air quality in our beautiful state. It’s also a pain in the butt. It requires a trip to an emissions monitoring station and waiting in line for the test. My plates renew in October, so every other October I spend a couple hours getting my car tested. It passed.
The last time I went to get my emissions sticker, Cathy laughed at me as I was leaving the house. I had my briefcase with me, which had my cell phone, a couple of books and a bottle of water. She said I would probably be the only one at the emissions testing facility reading a book. That was OK. I had just received a review copy of Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book, Crush It. I wanted to read it so I could review it on this blog – and to learn a few things. By the way, Crush It is a great book – not just for entrepreneurs.
Carrying a book with me is one of my time management positive habits. Sometimes it’s a novel. Most times it’s a business or inspirational book. I am in the habit of using spare moments to read and learn. I was able to read the first four chapters of Crush It while I was waiting for my emissions test. I also took some notes — ideas that I plan on incorporating into my business. Not a bad use of my time.
I read while waiting for appointment with clients. I read while waiting for my dentist, or doctor – and you know how long those waits can be. I read when I go to get my car washed. I read before a movie if I’m by myself. This is a small habit, but one that allows me to read at least two more books a month than I normally would. That’s 24 books a year – and a lot of good ideas to help me grow my business.
Reading spurs ideas. These ideas give me inspiration for this blog. They help me make decisions about my business. They help me clarify my thinking on my passion – helping others create the life and career success they want and deserve. Reading helps me provide better career advice.
Reading in spare moments is one of my most positive habits. What is your most positive habit? If you are thinking that you don’t have many positive habits, I suggest you check out Dan Robey’s site, www.thepowerofpositivehabits.com. There’s a lot to be learned there.
The common sense career success coach point here is simple. Successful people are competent. They set high goals and achieve them. Positive habits will help you reach your goals – but only if you take the time to develop them. Remember the advice in Tweet 90 in Success Tweets. “Positive time management is an important habit to develop. Habits are like muscles. The more you use them, the stronger they get.” Reading in what I call “found moments” – the time I spend waiting – is one of my positive habits. I’m amazed at how much I learn just by always having a book with me. The last time I got my car tested for emissions I learned a lot about personal branding by reading the first four chapters of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, Crush It. Take the time to develop some positive habits of your own. You’ll be surprised at how much they help your productivity.