- It doesn’t pay to sit and look at a live frog if you must eat it.
- If you must eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.
- Since u always must procrastinate, procrastinate the low value tasks.
|Set the table||Think on paper. Write down and review then daily.|
|Plan every day in advance.||List the day ahead. Create a master list with everything you want to do in the future. Create a monthly list for the month ahead. Create a weekly list for the week ahead. Create a daily list for the day ahead.|
|Apply 80/;20 rule.||Ask yourself is this task in top 20% of my activities? Resist temptation to clear up bottom 80% first. Remember 80% of our results come from 20% of our priorities.|
|Consider consequences.||Long-term thinking improves short-term decision making. Ask yourself what are potential consequences of doing or not doing this? Successful people are willing to delay gratification and make sacrifices in the short term, so they can enjoy far greater rewards in the long run. Remember “Law of Forced Efficiency” – There is never enough time to do everything, but there’s always enough time to do the most important stuff.|
|Practice creative procrastination.||Choose what you can procrastinate on. Amount of time to complete important job is same as unimportant job satisfaction is different. Time is going to pass away and where you end up is largely a matter of the priorities you focus on.|
|Use ABCDE method.||An item is very important, and you must do. B item is important, and you should do. Don’t do B when A is undone. C is nice to do but has no consequences at all if you do it or not. D can be delegated to someone.
E can be eliminated altogether.
|Focus on Key Result Areas.||Identify weaknesses clearly, set a goal and plan to become very good in each of those areas. Just think! You may be only one critical skill away from top performers in your job.|
|Apply the Law of 3||It’s the quality of time at work that counts and quantity of time at home that matters.|
|Prepare thoroughly before you begin||Get everything you need at hand before you begin. Brain’s rule is getting 80% right and correct it later.|
|Take it 1 Oil Barrel at a time||Get your mind off the huge task and focus on a single action you can take.|
|Upgrade your key skills.||Continuous learning is minimum requirement for success in any field.|
|Leverage your special talents||Ask yourself: What am I good at? What do I enjoy most? What has been most responsible for my success in the past? If I could do any job at all, what job would it be?|
|Identify your key constraints||Ask yourself: What is it in me that’s holding me back?What sets the speed at which I get the results I want?|
|Put the pressure on yourself||Form the habit of putting pressure on yourself and not waiting for someone else to come along and do it for you. Work as though you’ve only 1 day to get your most important jobs done.|
|Embrace setbacks||Whenever you feel overwhelmed, say yourself “All I can do is all I can do.” Take 1 day off every week. Refuse to read and work on that day.|
|Motivate yourself into action.||Optimism is the most important quality you can develop. Optimists look for the good in every situation. Seek the valuable lesson in every setback. Look for solution to every problem. Continually review their goals.|
|Get out of the technological time sinks||Use tech to improve the quality of your communications, not to become a slave to it. Learn to occasionally turn things off and keep them off.|
|Slice and Dice.||Cut a big task down to “salami slice”.|
|Create large chunks of time.||Organize your days around large blocks of time where you can concentrate for extended periods on your most important tasks.|
|Develop a sense of urgency||Make a habit of moving fast on your key tasks. Become known as a person who does things quickly and well.|
|Single handle every task.||Begin and keep working at the most important tasks without diversion or distraction.|