Eat That Frog! – Brian Tracy
21 ways to STOP PROCRASTINATING and get more things done in less time.
Take It One Oil Barrel at a Time
Get your mind off the huge task in front of you and focus on a single action that you can take.
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Sometimes all you need to do to get started is to sit down and complete one item on the list.
Identify Your Key Constraints
What is holding you back? What sets the speed at which you achieve your goals? What determines how fast you move from where you are to where you want to go?
Make a list of every step in a process and examine every activity to determine exactly what is holding you back.
Put the Pressure on Yourself
Get into the habit of putting pressure on yourself to complete work independently.
Set higher standards for yourself than the standards others set for you.
Motivate Yourself into Action
To keep yourself motivated, you must resolve to become a complete optimist. For that:
- Look for the good in every situation.
- Seek the valuable lesson in every setback or difficulty.
- Search for the solution to every problem.
- Think and talk continually about the goals.
Technology Is a Terrible Master
For you to stay calm, clearheaded, and capable of performing at your best, you need to detach on a regular basis from the technology and communication devices that can overwhelm you if you are not careful.
Resist the urge to start turning on communication devices as soon as you wake up in the morning.
Technology Is a Wonderful Servant
Use your technological tools to regularly remind yourself of what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important.
Resolve to research and install one piece of software or one app that will help you be more efficient and focused.
Focus Your Attention
Current research proves that continuously responding emails, calls and texts has a negative effect on your brain, shortening your attention span and making it difficult to complete the task on time.
Try to work for a period to complete your task and then reward yourself with a shot a dopamine by checking your notifications.
Slice and Dice the Task
Cut a big task down to size using the “salami slice” method of getting work done.
With the salami slice method, you lay out the task in detail and then resolve to do just one slice of the job for the time being, like eating a roll of salami one slice at a time—or like eating an elephant one bite at a time.
Create Large Chunks of Time
Think continually of different ways that you can save, schedule, and consolidate large chunks of time.
One of the keys to high levels of performance and productivity is to make every minute count. Use travel and transition times to complete small chunks of larger tasks.
Develop a Sense of Urgency
Resolve today to develop a sense of urgency in everything you do. Select one area where you have a tendency to procrastinate, and make a decision to develop the habit of fast action in that area.
Single Handle Every Task
Single handling requires that once you begin, you keep working at the task without diversion or distraction until the job is 100 percent complete.
Build self-discipline which Elbert Hubbard defined as “the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”