Daily Motivation: Boost Your Productivity!

“Keep pushing forward. Once you start moving, keep moving. Don’t stop. This decision, this discipline alone, can dramatically increase your speed of goal accomplishment and boost your personal productivity.”

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Eat That Frog

One of my favorite books about priority management is Eat That Frog by noted expert Brian Tracy. In the introduction he gives us all a perspective about “frogs” that has been helpful to me and I hope it will be to you also:

The Truth About Frogs 

Mark Twain once said 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 that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

When it comes to time and priority management, a “frog” is your biggest, most important task – the one you are most likely to procrastinate on. It is also the one activity that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment – even though doing other things may be easier or more fun. The very best thing you can do: TAKE A BITE!
The first rule of frog eating is this:

If you have to eat two frogs,
eat the ugliest one first.
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Daily Quote: Easier

You will find it easier to do a single, small piece of a large project than to start on the whole job.

~Brian Tracy

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How do you eat an elephant?

There’s an old saying that says, “If the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is eat a live frog, then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day!”Brian Tracy, one of America’s leading authorities on the development of human potential, says that your “frog” should be the most difficult item on your things to do list, the one you’re most likely to procrastinate on. If you eat that first, it’ll give you energy and momentum for the rest of the day. But, if you don’t, if you let him sit there on the plate and stare at you while you do a hundred unimportant things, it can drain your energy and you won’t even know it.

2012 is here and Brian’s book Eat That Frog! – 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time is the perfect book to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions. In Eat That Frog!, Brian cuts to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline and determination. In 21 practical steps, he will help you stop procrastinating and get more of the important tasks done. I hope you enjoy the excerpt below from Eat That Frog!

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Excerpted from Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
You have heard the old question, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, “One bite at a time!”

How do you eat your biggest, ugliest frog? The same way; you break it down into specific step-by-step activities and then you start on the first one.

Your mind, your ability to think, plan and decide, is your most powerful tool for overcoming procrastination and increasing your productivity. Your ability to set goals, make plans, and take action on them determines the course of your life.

Conversely, as Alec Mackenzie wrote, “Taking action without thinking things through is a prime source of problems.”

Increase your Return on Energy

One of your top goals at work should be for you to get the highest possible return on your investment of mental, emotional, and physical energy. The good news is that every minute spent in planning saves as many as ten minutes in execution. It takes only 10 to 12 minutes for you to plan out your day, but this small investment of time will save you up to two hours (100 to 120 minutes) in wasted time and diffused effort throughout the day.

You may have heard of the Six-P Formula. It says, “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”

When you consider how helpful planning can be in increasing your productivity and performance, it is amazing how few people practice it every single day. And planning is really quite simple to do. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen. The most sophisticated Palm Pilot, computer program, or time planner is based on the same principle. It is based on your sitting down and making a list of everything you have to do before you begin.

Two Extra Hours Per Day

Always work from a list. When something new comes up, add it to the list before you do it. You can increase your productivity and output by 25 percent or more – about two hours a day – from the first day that you begin working consistently from a list.

Make your list the night before for the workday ahead. Move everything that you have not yet accomplished onto your list for the coming day, and then add everything that you have to do the next day. When you make your list the night before, your subconscious mind will work on your list all night long while you sleep. Often you will wake up with great ideas and insights that you can use to get your job done faster and better than you had initially thought.

The more time you take to make written lists of everything you have to do, in advance, the more effective and efficient you will be.

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Daily Quote: The Most Important Task

“Think about your goals and review them daily. Every morning when you begin, take action on the most important task you can accomplish to achieve your most important goal at the moment.”

~Brian Tracy

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Eat the Ugliest Frog 1st

Get More Done In Less Time = Eat That Frog.

If you are like me, you are overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time. As you struggle to get caught up, new tasks and responsibilities keep rolling in, like the waves of the ocean. Because of this, you will never be able to do everything you have to do.For this reason, and perhaps more than ever before, your responsibility as a leader is to select your most important task at each moment, and then to get started on that task, get it done both quickly and effectively. To help you and others be more effective and efficient, we must remember the story about frogs!

Mark Twain once said 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 that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are mostly likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it. It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results for you and your organization. 

The first rule of frog eating is this:
If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.

This is another way of saying that if you and those you lead have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Discipline yourself to begin immediately and then to persist until the task is complete before you go on to something else.

 

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Daily Quote: The Great Question

Here is one of the greatest questions you will ever ask and answer: “What one skill, if I developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would have the greatest
positive
impact on my career?”

~Brian Tracy

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Daily Quote: A Wonderful Time

This is a wonderful time to be alive. There have never been more
possibilities and opportunities for you to achieve more of your goals than
exist today. As perhaps never before in human history, you are actually
drowning in options. In fact, there are so many good things that you can
do, that your ability to decide among them may be the critical
determinant of what you accomplish in life.

~Brian Tracy

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Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.

~Nido Qubein

 

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Concentrate all of your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.

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