The legendary Eat That Frog!
Step number three: Come up with chapter titles, and dig for random quotes to use at the beginning of each chapter. Step number four: Write small paragraphs of supposedly motivating and inspiring bunkum. Step number seven: Come up with an acronym, then design a method around it. S.N.A.C.K. stands for Stare Nonchalantly At Cute Kid. Learn to identify people with the S.N.A.C.K. behavior, and you got yourself a certificate, delivered personally from me, on how to spot pedophiles. Step number eight: Tell people what to do. Step number nine: Go crazy with formatting. As Rose Taxtbeest says, "When you italicize words, you actually put pretty dresses on them." Step number ten: At the end of each chapter, no matter how short and irrelevant, present the reader with a quick summary.
I finished this book a couple of days ago..........and I wanted to put a review in right away to get it in at the top of the week, but there was the Super bowl, then Monday I had to make dog food (you did read that correctly), last night Justified was on.....and that needs your full attention. So, I do plan to eat some frogs right after I beat a few people on Words With Friends.
The best book I've read on this topic is the Procrastination Elimination Method by John Isaac.
The key premise is that if we ate a live frog first thing in the morning, everything else would be easy compared to that. It's a good reminder to concentrate on the most important task instead of getting mired down in the smaller, unimportant ones. Select the key times of the day when you are most productive and work on your tasks at those times. You're not going to be able to get everything done so put off the less important tasks. Do the most difficult task first (eat that frog). Create large blocks of time to get your work done.
1. Write down your goals, set deadlines, list steps to achieve goals, organize steps into a plan by priority and sequence, do something every day on your highest-impact goal. Do now: list 10 goals. Pick your highest-impact goal, set a deadline, make a plan, take action. When planning a project, list all the steps and organize them by priority and sequence. For each goal/project, prioritize and sequence the tasks involved. 3. Work on the 20% of the tasks that contribute to high value results first. Do now: list key goals, activities, projects, responsibilities. Do now: Work on the most valuable task right now. 7. key result areas of management are planning, organizing, staffing, delegating, supervising, measuring, and reporting. key result areas of sales are prospecting, building rapport and trust, identifying needs, presenting persuasively, answering objections, closing the sale, and getting resales and referrals. What do you do that positively affects the work and performance of other people more than anything else? Positive mental attitude: look for the good in every situation, 'difficulties come not to obstruct but to instruct,' look for the solution to every problem, think and talk continually about your goals. Back to work!" Do now: When you are given a task or responsibility, take care of it quickly and report back fast.
Since I'm currently in a moment of high stress time management, it's exactly what I needed to hear.
The title itself, Eat That Frog!, refers to completing the biggest, ugliest task you may have on your plate on any given day. At first, I thought all of the ideas in this book sounded almost too simple. Taken altogether, this book gives someone the tools to turn their life around (if they're in a bad place) or take them to the next level, if they're already on their way. And I do find myself doing other, less important things when a big, fat frog of a chore is staring me in the face.
This book may be better for doers than thinkers. I've just started reading "The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play" by Neil Fiore, and it's a better fit for me.
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