“Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy by Roxana
We never have enough time to do everything that is on our list, and there will never be enough either. In fact, people who know success do not try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and ensure that they are completed. In the energetic style that characterizes him, Brian Tracy, the highly acclaimed author and lecturer, is going straight to the point of a good personal time management: decision making, discipline and determination. He details, in the book “Eat That Frog!” twenty-one practical and achievable steps that will help you to stop the procrastination and accomplish advantage of important tasks. By definition, a frog is not the most beautiful animal. Swallow a slimy, ugly toad or eat a frog is
Often we know what to do, but we do not, simply due to laziness. If you start each day by swallowing a living frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that this is probably the worst thing you have to do all day. Here are some examples: Set the table. Clarify your goals! As Seneca said: “there is no support for those who do not know therefore not the where it will wind.” In other words, most pleasant thing, hence the to succeed, you should already term “swallow a toad”. The term know what you want to do, and originated from “Engolir sapos” clearly. (swallow a toad), an expression Prepare yourself. Plan your from Roman times, when people days. Planning, reviewing “to do were constrained and forced to lists” is considered a waste of carry out the orders of Caesar time by many, when in fact it is without flinching. an investment! Every minute of planning will save you 10 minutes In summary, Brian gives us the tricks to make the changes that will in execution. have the greatest impact on our Focus on the important. lives to take action and to move. In different chapters, Brian
returns to the importance of working on tasks that have the greatest impact on your life. He recommends identifying key result areas and obeying the law of forced efficiency indicating that there is never enough time to do everything, but enough to make the important things. ABCDE method. My very heart. I find the Eisenhower matrix somewhat limited these days. Maybe because I have banned non-urgent or not important tasks in my life, but not well enough to prioritize things. The ABCDE method really gives a new approach. It is a technique that helps to classify the tasks in the order of their importance. A is the toad which may bring penalty or important consequences if is not acted on time. B is the tadpole, with no major impact. The C is the friendly task to do, but actually irrelevant. The D comes from delegate and E from eliminated. Apply the rule of 80/20. Von Goethe – Identify in your list of tasks, which are the 10 to 20% of the tasks which give 80 to 90% of the results. Once you have identified them, put a big priority above. These are the ones to make first of all.
Consider the consequences. Any man who has come to excel, any man who achieved success did it as long as he concentrated his efforts on a specific area. (O. Swett Marden). The long-term thinking improves decision making – on the short term. Find the objective which will have the greatest impact on your life. Find your soul mate? Increase your wealth? Become famous? Win the World Championships? And then... you focus on this goal. Do not forget the power of focus. Obey to the law of forced efficiency. Every morning (or evening), you need to give yourself a few minutes to relax and think about your work. You will then have a lot of ideas; and some will make a huge difference in your career. That’s because when you are relaxed, you become a 1,000 times more creative. Ask yourself what is the task that will make the difference. And concentrate fully on this task in the morning. Swallow the biggest frog! As many of you, I tend to postpone the tasks I do not like. And pay and collect the accounts, handle administrative tasks, solving a problem are just a few tasks (no less important) I do not like.
However, to get to them quickly, I motivate myself saying: “I swallow the toad,” and then we can move on to another step. Sometimes there is more to adjust. But as the saying goes: “everything that drags gets dirty”, is better to address the painstaking tasks as soon as possible. The goal is to get into the habit of starting your day with the most important task that you could easily put off. The advantage of this technique is that it prevents you from “making excuses.” For a long time, I always found a good reason to put the important tasks away, I always found something: “I’m not awake, there!”, “I want to put myself in the right state of mind “... etc... Now I start my day by eating my biggest toad. Without thinking. I do not even look, I just eat. Small bites. One by one. Until there is no more left.
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