“When a decision has to be made, make it. There is no totally right time for anything.”
– General George S. Patton –
Todays blog post will be short and sweet and is for anyone out there procrastinating about something.
I read a great book a few years back called Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracey. He refers to Mark Twain who once said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen to you for the rest pf the day.
There is a great 90 second You Tube video which explains the idea.
In his book he talks about the 80/20 principle which says that ’20 percent of your activities will account for 80 per cent of your results . . . And this means that if you have a list of ten items to do, two of those items will turn out to be worth as much or more than the other eight items put together’. He then goes on to say ‘Each of these tasks may take the same amount of time to accomplish. But one or two of those tasks will contribute five or ten times the value of the others.’
And finally, ‘Often, one item on a list of ten tasks that you have to do can be worth more than all the other nine items put together. This task is invariable the frog that you should eat first.’
He also talks about the Law of Forced Efficiency, which says that ‘There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.’
So, what I set out to do every day is ensure that I choose at least one big, important task and commit to covering it off by the end of the day and resist the urge to clear up the small things first.
So, what frog do you need to eat today?
Inspiration for this post
Brian Tracey’s book ‘Eat that frog’
I actually have that book sitting in the office and have been meaning to read it for about 2 years! I think maybe it’s a good time to pick it up.
Wow! Perfect timing then Dave. I’d get stuck in. It’s a fantastic book, and really great for inspiring you out of procrastination and into action! 🙂