Procrastinator – Eat That Frog!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Back to sharing things I have found regarding some of my bad habits.

How many have heard Mark Twain’s saying "If the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is eat a live frog, then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day!"

I have seen this saying and had taken it as; get the worst thing I have to do for the day done first and the rest of the day will be easier. Recently discovered there is more to it than that after hearing about a book by Brian Tracy titled “Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” The write-up stated:” our frog should be the most difficult item on our things to do list, the one we're most likely to procrastinate on. If we eat the frog first, it'll give us energy and momentum for the rest of the day. But, if we don't and let him sit there on the plate and stare at us while doing a hundred unimportant things, we will be drained of our energy and won't even know it.”

Upon checking out the book he has a lot to say about time management problems and how to solve them. Decided the best way to share what he has to say is to go to his conclusion.

“The key to happiness, satisfaction, great success and a wonderful feeling of personal power and effectiveness is for you to develop the habit of eating your frog first thing every day when you start work. Fortunately, this is a learnable skill you can acquire through repetition. And when you develop the habit of starting on your most important task before anything else, your success is assured. Here is a summary of the 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more things done faster. Review these rules and principles regularly until they become firmly ingrained in your thinking and actions and your future will be guaranteed.

1. Set the table: Decide exactly what you want. Clarity is essential. Write out your goals and objectives before you begin.

2. Plan every day in advance: Think on paper. Every minute you spend in planning can save you five or ten minutes in execution.

3. Apply the 80/20 Rule to everything: 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. Always concentrate your efforts on the top 20%.

4. Consider the consequences: Your most important tasks and priorities are those that can have the most serious consequences, positive or negative, on your life or work. Focus on these above all else.

5. Practice creative procrastination: Since you can’t do everything, you must learn to deliberately put off those tasks that are of low value so you have enough time to do the few things that really count.

6. Use the ABCDE Method continually: Before you begin work on a list of tasks, take a few moments to organize them by value and priority so you can be sure of working on your most important activities.

7. Focus on key result areas: Identify and determine those results that you absolutely, positively have to get, to do your job well, and work on them all day long.

8. The Law of Three: Identify the three things you do in your work that account for 90% of your contribution, and focus on getting them done before anything else. You will then have more time for your family and personal life.

9. Prepare thoroughly before you begin: Have everything you need at hand before you start. Assemble all the papers, information, tools, work materials and numbers you might require so that you can get started and keep going.

10. Take it one oil barrel at a time: You can accomplish the biggest and most complicated job if you just complete it one step at a time.

11. Upgrade your key skills: The more knowledgeable and skilled you become at your key tasks, the faster you start them and the sooner you get them done.

12. Leverage your special talents: Determine exactly what it is that you are very good at doing, or could be very good at, and throw your whole heart into doing those specific things very, very well.

13. Identify your key constraints: Determine the bottlenecks or chock points, internal or external, that set the speed at which you achieve your most important goals and focus on alleviating them.

14. Put the pressure on yourself: Imagine you have to leave town for a month and work as if you had to get all your tasks completed before you left.

15. Maximize your personal power: Identify your periods of highest mental and physical energy each day and structure your most important and demanding tasks around these times. Get lots of rest so you can perform at your best.

16. Motivate yourself into action: Be your own cheerleader. Look for the good in every situation. Focus on the solution rather than the problem. Always be optimistic and constructive.

17. Get out of the technological time sinks: Use technology to improve the quality of your communications, but do not allow yourself to become a slave to it. Learn to occasionally turn things off and leave them off.

18. Slice and dice the task: Break large, complex tasks down into bite-sized pieces and then do just one small part of the task to get started.

19. Create large chunks of time: Organize your days around large blocks of time where you can concentrate for extended periods on your most important tasks.

20. Develop a sense of urgency: Make a habit of moving fast on your key tasks. Become known as a person who does things quickly and well.

21. Single handle every task: Set clear priorities, start immediately on your most important task, and then work without stopping until the job is 100% complete. This is the real key to high performance and maximum personal productivity.

Make a decision to practice these principles every day until they become second nature to you. With these habits of personal management as a permanent part of your personality, your future success will be unlimited. JUST DO IT! EAT THAT FROG!"
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    I actually own this book, and have read and loved it. That said, I still Spark before I do my strength training, because I get more pleasure from it. But I'm a work in progress, so I thank you for this reminder. emoticon emoticon
    2861 days ago
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