Sunday, February 22, 2015

Avoid Procrastination and Eat That Frog!

Between work and family life, many of us are overstressed with too many commitments, tasks and projects. We feel bad when we can’t get it all done in a certain timeframe. We say, “I didn’t have enough time.”

What if you could feel good everyday, without worrying about that task that constantly distracts you from gaining momentum? What if you could better manage your time and get those important things done before they become ugly and urgent. Wouldn’t it be nice to unload the weight of that stressful feeling?

You can, with this simple trick.

Every evening before you go to bed, write down the 3 things that need to get done tomorrow.  Rank them in order, with 1 being the most important, then 2 and 3. When you first begin this practice, you’ll find you are working on urgent and important tasks that need to be done now and throughout the current week. Once you move into week two and three, you’ll start noticing you are working on tasks that are not urgent, but are still very important. These tasks may not be due until a week or two from now, thus elevating that stressful feeling of constantly being under a deadline. When you reach this level of efficiency, you will start experiencing “flow”, and you will begin to master your time.

In his book, “Eat That Frog”, Brain Tracy talks about getting that one thing done first thing in the morning, so the rest of the day you feel alive and productive. The book has many tips and strategies to tackle procrastination, so we could all better manage our time and get the most important things done first. He states, “It has been said for many years that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”

What if you need to eat two frogs? Eat the ugliest one first.

As a Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author, Podcast Producer & Host, Rick Woods helps residents and businesses make room for clarity, by getting rid of the clutter that gets in their way.

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1 comment:

  1. Great article, Rick! We could all use some help on better using our time!