Procrastination might be the most dangerous thief in the world. It robs us of the one thing we cannot get back. Time! We can re-build from a financial disaster, but time is irreplaceable.
I actually thought about putting off writing this page because the baseball game was on television tonight. After all, there is always tomorrow.
Just kidding, but that is an example of stealing some hours from my goal of building a great website to help people succeed.
Everyone gets the same 24 hours in each day. And nearly everyone has many duties and responsibilities that take up a large part of the day or night. You do need to know what you want out of life. And then utilize good time management.
You'll never get everything done. Never. So be sure to get the really important things done first. Those would be the things that get you closer to that big goal. You'll be amazed by how much extra energy you have and how much satisfaction you feel by doing that hardest thing first. The thing procrastination tells you to just put off till later.
Brian Tracy is the master time management teacher. He speaks to hundreds of thousands of people each year. They show up seeking ways to break through procrastination. Here at books-empower.com, we always look for books to help us get right to the heart of the matter.
We feature Stephen Covey when it comes to pages about goal achieving. There is no better source on that topic. Robert Kiyosaki is a leading authority on financial literacy. And when being literal about "getting to the heart of the matter", Dr. Chauncey Crandall is chosen because he is an expert on the cardiovascular system.
"Eat That Frog" is Brian Tracy's signature piece on breaking free from procrastination. We've included this very short edition in our "how to books" section found in the left margin of every page.
You'll get through it very quickly but will learn so much about...
1.) Identifying the really important tasks to be accomplished
2.) Planning your day in advance
3.) Applying the 80/20 rule to everything
4.) Being aware of key restraints
5.) Maximizing your own personal power
The quote to the right seems a little odd, but will make sense when you follow Brian Tracy's proven blueprint for ending procrastination. You'll see at least a couple similarities to Dr.Covey's outstanding methods of goal setting.
I've included another of Brian Tracy's teaching tools in our list of classic books, which is located in the left margin of every page. "21 Success Secrets Of Self-Made Millionaires" would be a great companion read after you begin to use the lessons of procrastination-breaking found in "Eat That Frog."
The author uses the same 21 step method in both books. These are short steps that build on each other. I've found that they work in nearly every situation and I believe they will work for you.
It is generally conceded that in a typical forty hour week, nearly half of that work time is wasted in standing around, talking or doing non-productive things. This doesn't occur in every case, but in enough as to create wasted time.
I think this is a perfect example of the causes of procrastination. If it occurs in the workplace, it usually is a sign of chronic ineffectiveness. So our task is to begin at the source. We cannot fix everyone, but we can get ourselves moving in the right direction. And who knows? You may inspire everyone around you.
The very short chapters each include a summary at the end of those sections. These mini-reviews help to lock the message into our sub-conscious. As I've written in pages about goal setting and about positive affirmations, allowing our sub-conscious to work for us is a powerful tool.
If I had to encapsulate the wisdom within the pages of "Eat That Frog", the words in that subsection headline would be my best description.
Whether it's a major goal or an important work assignment, the process is the same. Clarity of purpose and a visualization of the success to be realized upon successful completion is step one. Then the work begins as you "think on paper".
* What is your final goal?
* What is your deadline? This is so powerful. Your mind will work to help you reach it.
* What are the things that must be done? Break them into small tasks.
* Begin right away. Take on the one task you feel is the most difficult as your first step.
* Do something everyday. It's OK to beat that set deadline.
As you begin to move forward, there will come a time where it gets a bit tougher to focus. Maybe one of those tasks you listed as you thought on paper is harder than you anticipated. Maybe your focus isn't fully zeroed in on the end result.
This is where the 80/20 rule will take affect. Also known as the "Pareto Principle", it states that 80% of success comes from 20% of your effort. Another example would be that 80% of the work in most organizations comes from 20% of the employees.
Many tasks will take the same amount of time. So focus on the most important ones. Please remember the headline at the top of this page.
When you finish this fast read and apply the lessons, procrastination will have to wait until you have time for it. You'll be too busy working toward creating that next big accomplishment. You'll feel great about yourself. And then you can relax and watch the ballgame.
The author tells us that three little words, spoken from us to ourselves can have a huge impact on our success. Those words are "Do It Now!"