"If you are like most people today, you are overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time. As you struggle to get caught up, new tasks and responsibilities just keep rolling in, like the waves of the ocean. Because of this, you will never be able to do everything you have to do. You will never be caught up. You will always be behind in some of your tasks and responsibilities, and probably in many of them."
"Mark Twain once said taht if the first thingn 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 most 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 ony our life and results at the moment."Rule 1:
If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.
If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesnt pay to sit and look at it for very long.
I will be honest that the first 40 pages of this book were the most motivating to me. The rest o the book was more about what to do in business-type settings to get past the procrastination. Though it is good to know, the quote about the frog and the rules above are what have been motivating me the most to "eat my frog" every day.
Set the Table
Plan Every Day in Advance
Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything
Consider the Consequences
Practice Creative Procrastination
Use the ABCDE Method Continually
Focus on Key Result Areas
Apply the Law of Three
Prepare Thoroughly Before You Begin
Take It One Oil Barrel at a Time
Upgrade Your Key Skills
Leverage Your Special talents
Identify Your Key Constraints
Put the PRessure on Yourself
Maximize Your Pesronal Powers
Motivate Yourself into Action
Get Out of the Technological Time Sinks
Slice and Dice the Task
- Create Large Chunks of Time
- Develop a Sense of Urgency
- Single Handle Every Task
So, my question to you is, what is your frog?
I know for me, it is housework and getting organized. That is the main reason I got this book: to get motivated and take care of the tasks (or the frogs) that have been piling up on me for years.