It has been two months since I wrote my last blog post. Unexpected promotion, wedding planning and Christmas buzz took away all my time and energy, and even though I had a lot to share, I wouldn’t be able to find time for it unless I got a couple of extra hours a day. I know it sounds like an excuse… and maybe it is.
The truth is I always thought of myself as a highly efficient and productive person. Juggling with two part-time jobs during my university degree taught me how to get things done without sacrificing my private life and beauty-sleep. But last two months proved there is definitely a room for improvement in my time management and efficiency skills.
There are plenty of great time management books out there, but this time I was interested in practical and easily implementable tools and frameworks, and I was lucky to find the book that provided exactly that. “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy is an easy to read implementation guide on how to get rid of procrastination and get things done.
Tracy uses a metaphor of an ugly frog, which is your biggest and the most important task. He suggests that by eating this frog (completing the task) first thing in the morning, one will have a satisfaction of knowing that it was probably the worst thing that happened to him/her during the day. This will lead to increased motivation to finish off the remaining tasks.
The book consists of 21 practical advice that all of us can implement in our daily lives to become more productive. My favorite ones are:
#3. Apply 80/20 rule to everything: Twenty percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results. Always concentrate your efforts on that top 20 percent.
#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 that you have enough time to do the few things that really count.
#21. Single handle every task: Set clear priorities, start immediately on your most important task, and then work without stopping until the job in 100 percent complete. This is the real key to high performance and maximum personal productivity.
If you want to learn more, read Brian Tracy’s book and remember to implement everything you learn right away because just reading about productivity will not make you more efficient.