As you may recall, I am going to be presenting one book each month as the book of the month. This will be a book that I find very interesting, and that I recommend you read.
The first book I have awarded as The Book of the Month is Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Big, Most Important Things Done Now!
The authors of the book are Jones Loflin and Todd Musig.
From the title, you probably already understand what this book is about. It’s about time management, but in a different way.
Juggling Elephant is a story about how to understand the importance of time management if you compare your life to a circus. It might sound weird, but it’s really not.
Think about it.
A circus has a ringmaster, life has a ringmaster, that’s you. The ringmaster need to know and understand everything that’s going on. He or she is in control of the three rings of the circus, and should understand all the acts that needs to be in each ring. The ringmaster has the greatest impact on the success of the circus.
The ringmaster cannot be in all three rings at once.
The ringmaster always reviews the next act before bringing it into the ring.
The key to the success of the circus is having quality acts in all three rings.
There are three rings to remember, and the rings in your life are:
Remember, you cannot be in all three rings at once. If you are at work, you should just be at work, and only concentrate and focus on your work. And the same goes for your relationships. Focus on your family and/or friends when you are with them, and you need to be with them. All three rings are important.
Many people seem to forget about themselves. They spend 12 hours a day at work, a few hours with their family and friends, and never ever think about what they really appreciate for themselves (exercise, read books, watch movies, work in the garden etc.).
You can apply all the interesting advice from the book, like adding only quality acts in your rings, and that the relationship between the ringmaster and the performers affects the success of the circus and that every member is important and has to be fully engaged on the right acts to make the team successful.
If you try to be in all three rings at once, and you don’t focus on just quality acts, you will end up trying to juggle elephants.
The result of juggling elephants is that no one, including you, is thrilled with the performance.
You should always ask yourself, does this act belong in my circus and when should this act appear?
Juggling Elephants is a great book that forces you to think. It’s only 131 pages and you’ll finish it in one day, even if you are a slow reader, because this book teaches a very important lesson. A lesson so important that you simply can’t put the book to rest before you finish reading it, and even then, you end up thinking about it and discussing it.