I read the book “Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” by Brian Tracy. Here are some notes.
The ability to concentrate single-mindedly on your most important task, to do it well and to finish it completely, is the key to great success, achievement, respect, status, and happiness in life.
20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. Do the 20% first. Then, re-evaluate.
Three questions for maximum productivity:
- What are my highest value activities?
- What can I and only I do, that if done well will make a real difference?
- What is the most valuable use of my time right now?
Read in your field for at least one hour every day.
Take stock of your unique talents and abilities on a regular basis.
80% of the constraints that are holding you back from achieving your goals are internal to yourself. Identify and overcome the one major internal constraint that is holding you back.
One extra hour of sleep per night, one full day off every week and occasional vacations will help a lot.
Avoid getting caught in technological sink holes like email and social media.
Slice big tasks into small slices that can be completed individually.
Steps to achieve any goal:
- Decide exactly what you want.
- Write it down.
- Set a deadline on your goal; set subdeadlines if necessary.
- Make a list of everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal.
- Assign priority and sequence to your list.
- Take action on your plan immediately. Do something.
- Resolve to do something every single day that moves you toward your major goal.
Be an optimist:
- Look for the good in every situation
- Seek the valuable lesson in every setback or difficulty
- Look for the solution to every problem
- Think and talk continually about your goals
Set aside specific times each day for your most important tasks.
Have self-discipline to make yourself to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like doing it or not.
For full book, read “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy