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Eating the Frog: Time Management Tips

With so many communication gadgets distracting us from our goals, what specific tips do you have to manage time?

How often has this happened to you?  There is a presentation that you are due to give at 8 A.M. tomorrow.  You have it on your list but there are many easier and non-critical items that you can cross off much faster so you put off working on the presentation.  Now it’s later in the day and you cannot put it off any longer.  Has this presentation been wearing on you all day?  Has this urgency prevented you from putting you and your company’s best foot forward?

Focusing on the item of greatest importance and doing it first is what Brian Tracy discusses in his book “Eat the Frog”.  It goes like this….imagine I have just placed a very large and ugly 10 pound frog in your lap.  You must eat this frog by the end of the day or the world as you know it will end (sound familiar?).  When will you eat the frog?

The frog represents the one or two things that you must accomplish before the end of the day. If you procrastinate you will be carrying around a 10 pound frog all day.  Imagine how heavy he is and what you have to do to accommodate him while knowing all day you must eat him.  You must bring him to all your meetings, share a lunch with him and have him staring at you all day.  Time is an expiring resource – how much have you wasted procrastinating?

Imagine now that you have a project that is due at the end of the day and you work on it first thing in the morning.  You accomplish your project and no longer have to think about it for the rest of the day.  Does it feel different “eating your frog” first thing in the morning?

By regularly eating your frogs first, you develop a habit that makes it easier to accomplish more than the average person and do it with increasingly less effort.

I challenge you to stop procrastinating and immediately tackle the project, conversation, etc. that is holding you back.  Eat the Frog!!

(Adapted from Brian Tracy, “Eat that Frog:  21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time”.)