|Eat That |
Eat That Frog is a business management classic by Brian Tracy that gives “25 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time.” Basically it is a compilation of many great time management and goal achievement tips. Tracy summarizes the tips at the end of the book. So I guess he will not mind if I list them here with my take on which standard practice he is illuminating with links to some details on those concepts.
- Set the table by writing it down and clarifying your goals.
- Plan every day in advance.
- Apply the 80/20 Rule to everything to concentrate on top 20% activities.
- Consider the consequences – think long-term to improve decision-making.
- Practice the ABCDE Method continually for determining personal work and delegating.
- Focus on key result areas (KRA) in order to succeed.
- Prepare thoroughly before you begin a job and keep going until it is finished
- Do your homework – continuous learning and reading is a requirement for success.
- Leverage special talents – take stock of your “earning ability” regularly.
- Identify your key constraints to meeting your goals and focus on alleviating them.
- Take it one oil barrel at a time – take the big tasks one step at a time, then move to the next step.
- Put the pressure on yourself – set higher performance standards for yourself than for others.
- Maximize your personal powers by working during your peak times and using healthy habits.
- Motivate yourself into action through self-encouragement and increased optimism.
- Practice creative procrastination by assigning posteriority to low-value tasks.
- Do the most difficult task first by practicing numbers 2,3,5,7, and 8 every day for 21 days to develop a habit.
- Slice and dice the task using the “Salami Slice” or “Swiss Cheese” methods to break it down,
- Create large chunks of time to work important projects and utilize gifts of time when traveling.
- Develop a sense of urgency to increase your “flow” on high-value tasks and activate the Momentum Principle.
- Single handle every task – concentrate fully on the current task at hand to move down the Efficiency Curve.