February Book of the Month from Nicole Swaine

February Book of the Month from Nicole Swaine

Eat That Frog By Brian Tracy

Mark Twaine once said that if the first thing you do each day is to eat a live frog you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. Mark Twaine’s saying is at the core of the international best seller “Eat That Frog!”

The book by Brian Tracy, offers many gems that are wonderful in their simplicity to help you stop procrastinating and get more done in less time. Who would not want a slice of that formula?

Tracy officers 21 strategies to help you eat that frog – the frog being your biggest, most important task.

I truly believe that success in life and work will be determined by the kind of habits you develop over time, and this book is a perfect addition to your toolkit of positive and successful habits.

If you are like me, you will find the start of a new year is the ideal time to reflect on the year that was, to celebrate success and to learn from the challenges as well as to set goals for the year ahead. Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement however only 3% of adults have clear written goals. A Harvard study in 2010 found that those of us with written goals accomplish 5 to 10 times more than people with equal or better education but with no written goals.

In this short read, you will gain the skills to set the table for goal development. I love a book with practical takeaways and this one provided me with 21! To give you a taste, I have listed the 21 points covered however it is well worth investing the time to review the detail that sits behind them.

The book led me to reflect on my attitude to time and my behavioural choices in long and short term decision making. The book is a valuable reminder that there is never enough time to do everything, but always enough time to do the most important thing.

  1. Set the Table – set your goals and objectives with clarity. Decide what you want.
  2.  Plan every day in advance – prior planning prevents poor performance.
  3.  Apply the 80:20 Rule to everything – focus on activities not accomplishments and resist the temptation to clear up small things first.
  4. Consider the consequences – long term perspective is the most accurate, single predictor of upward social and economic mobility.
  5. Practice creative procrastination -one of the very worst uses of time is to do something well that ended up not needing to be done at all.
  6. Use the ABCDE Method continually – rate your tasks by value and priority.
  7. Focus on key result areas – what skill, if I developed it and did it excellently, would have the greatest positive impact on my career?
  8. . Apply the law of three – do what you can, with what you can, where you are. Define the three key tasks you do incredibly well and focus on them most of the time.
  9. Prepare thoroughly before you begin – create a comfortable working space that has everything you need.
  10. Take it one oil barrel at a time – by the yard it’s hard, by the inch it’s a cinch.
  11. Upgrade your key skills – anytime you stop striving to get better you’re bound to get worse. Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.
  12. Leverage your special talents – successful people are those who have taken time to identify what they do well and most enjoy.
  13. Identify your key constraints – the sun’s rays do not bite until they are bought into focus.
  14. Put the pressure on yourself. The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary – Thomas Edison.
  15. Maximise your personal powers – overworking can mean under productive.
  16. Motivate yourself into action – be a complete optimist; control your inner dialogue. Don’t share your problems; 80% don’t care and 20% are glad you have them!
  17. Get out of technological time sinks – you have a choice; learn to turn things off. There is more to life than just increasing its speed – Gandhi
  18. Slice and dice the task – develop a compulsion to closure.
  19. Create large chunks of time – schedule blocks of time to focus on the task and make every minute count.
  20. Develop a sense of urgency – trigger this with a sense of bias for action. The faster you move the more energy you have. Do it now!
  21. Single handle every task – once you get going, keep going until the job is complete.

Be inspired. Take the first step. Eat That Frog.



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