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Eat that Frog!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I received an email ad for an interesting book on time management and beating procrastination called Eat that Frog. I think it's very applicable to our efforts to reach our weight-loss goals. A few minutes each evening spent planning the coming day can reap major benefits by saving us time and keeping us focused. I thought this excerpt might be helpful!

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 (like exercise, perhaps?). 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.

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 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 day 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.

*Excerpts from an ad for a book called "Eat that Frog" 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
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    Like that Eat a Frog thing--now I have a name for my philosophy!
    3221 days ago
    emoticon gulp!
    I love planning - but my biggest frog is that of putting off jobs I don't like or I know are more difficult - which isn't exercise for me...anymore.
    So, on my list tomorrow, work on DS's photo album!
    Thanks for sharing. Lots of good insights here.
    3221 days ago
    This was a terrific blog! Tomorrow I will eat that frog in the morning, especially since it took me til 2 pm to eat him today and I got nothing done in the morning! Thanks for sharing this life-changing info with us.
    3221 days ago
  • 1234MOM
    This is in a similar vein of thought with a guest on the Diane Rehm show Tuesday. Frank Partnoy: "Wait: The Art and Science of Delay" talks about using procrastination just a millisecond sometimes to have the forethought to put a plan in place.
    3221 days ago
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