Eat that frog is a self-help book of a famous motivational speaker, Brian Tracy. It was published in 2001. This book is based on procrastination – the ways to stop procrastinating. Procrastination has been a major problem in our lives. Due to procrastination, people cannot complete their assigned tasks before the due dates. Due to procrastination, people fail in accomplishing some major tasks of their daily lives – which later lead them to failure.
In our daily life, a proper time and tasks schedule is an important thing. An average person who develops the habit of clear priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but who gets very little done. Priorities are must. We cannot do everything, but we can do a few things that have more influence on our lives.
Brian Tracy tells to take a piece of paper and write your goals on it. Then prioritize your goal with ABCDE method. The lists could be ‘A-1’ ‘A-2’ ‘A-3’ and it goes on…
A: A list of tasks that you must do.
B: A list of tasks that you should do.
C: A list of tasks that are nice to do.
D: A list of tasks that you can delegate to someone else.
E: A list of tasks that do not have any influence, remove them altogether.
For this method, make a list of tasks and start your day with the toughest task (A1) – the ugliest frog. Eat that frog. When you make your list the night before, your subconscious mind will work on your list all night long while you sleep. The next day, do not think, just start doing the first task. Take one bite at a time. When you eat that ugliest frog, it will give you positive energy, and that is how you will be able to accomplish the rest of the tasks with ease. You will be able to shatter the blind glass of procrastination.
Brian Tracy tells that we have two kinds of goals: short terms goals, and long-term goals. To achieve these goals, you must take a piece of paper and write your goals on it. These goals must be in the order of priority. According to the 80/20 principle, 20% activates that you do, produce 80% of the results. You cannot accomplish every task, but you should focus on those 20% most important tasks that have a bigger influence on your life. And you must sacrifice your short terms happiness for your long-term happiness.
Three Questions For Maximum Security:
To increase your productivity, you must sit in silence, close your eyes, and answer these questions honestly.
- What are my highest value activities (frogs)?
- What can I and only I do, that if done, will make a real difference?
- What is the most valuable use of my time right now?
When you are truly honest with yourself and answer these questions, they will lead you to your important tasks. Secondly, the most productive people take time to work in a place that is neat and clean. By putting pressure on yourself, you will become a high performance, high achieving personality. Be optimistic. Serve technology as your slave, not your master. Try to avoid unnecessary use of technology, especially social media. While you use social media for a while, talk about your accomplishments on it, because it runs positive emotions of accomplishment throughout your body.
And start your work.