Brian Tracy is a renowned American – Canadian Public Speaker and Author. “Eat That Frog!” is one of his best selling books. In this book, the author has given 21 Formula to mastery the goal planning and achieving those goals in an efficient and easy manner.
Here is the “Frog” referred to as your biggest essential work. Your first prior goal or work which is actually needed to be done at first; however it will be boring or ugly but you should complete that task first i.e. eat that frog.
Chapter 1 – Set the table:
The very first thing you have to be clear about your goal and write it down.
Chapter 2 – Plan every day in advance:
Plan in advance and think on paper. Write all your goals for this year, in all these months, every week and every day. Your 10 minutes of planning can save your 100 minutes of execution
Chapter 3 – Apply the 80/20 rule to everything:
Always focus on 20% of your those goals which consider top priorities because this will give you 80% good result. We have lots of things to do but we have limited time so eat your ugliest frog first.
Chapter 4 – Consider the consequences:
Think about the serious consequences if you perform or not perform any particular task. Ask three questions to yourself –
Question 1: What are my highest value activities?
Question 2: What can I and only I do, that if done well, will make a real difference?
Question 3: What is the most valuable use of my time right now?
Prior to your goal with positive and negative consequences.
Chapter 5 – Practice creative procrastination:
As you can’t do too many tasks in limited time, so procrastinate to your less priority goals until your most priority goals achieved. First eat the ugliest frog then frog and then tadpoles.
Chapter 6 – Use the ABCDE method continually:
List A- Activities consider High consequences
List B- Activities consider Mild Consequences
List C- Activities which is Nice to do but no consequences
List D- Activities can get delegated to someone else
List E- Activities can eliminate altogether and won’t make any real difference.
Make the list in ABCDE method than number them with A-1, A-2, A-3, and so on…
Chapter 7 – Focus on key results area:
Identify those results that you absolutely, positively have to get to do your job well, and work on them all day long.
Chapter 8 – Apply the law of three:
Identify the three things you do in your work that account for 90 percent of your contribution, and focus on getting them done before anything else. You will then have more time for your family and personal life.
Chapter 9 – Prepare thoroughly before you begin:
Have everything you need at hand before you start. Assemble all the papers, information, tools, work materials, and numbers you might require so that you can get started and keep going.
Chapter 10 – Take it one oil barrel at a time:
You can accomplish the biggest and most complicated job if you just complete it one step at a time.
Chapter 11 – Upgrade your key skills:
The more knowledgeable and skilled you become at your key tasks, the faster you start them, and the sooner you get them done. Determine exactly what it is that you are very good at doing, or could be very good at, and throw your whole heart into doing those specific things very, very well.
Chapter 12 – Identify your key constraints:
Determine the bottlenecks or choke points, internal or external, that set the speed at which you achieve your most important goals, and focus on alleviating them.
Chapter 13 – Put the pressure on yourself:
Imagine that you have to leave town for a month, and work as if you had to get your major task completed before you left.
Chapter 14 – Motivate yourself into action:
Be your own cheerleader. Look for the good in every situation. Focus on the solution rather than the problem. Always be optimistic and constructive.
Chapter 15 – Technology is a terrible master:
Take back your time from enslaving technological addictions. Learn to often turn devices off and leave them off.
Chapter 16 – Technology is a wonderful servant:
Use your technological tools to confront yourself with what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important.
Chapter 17 – Focus your attention:
Stop the interruptions and distractions that interfere with completing your most important tasks.
Chapter 1 8 – Slice and dice the task:
Break large, complex tasks down into bite-sized pieces, and then do just one small part of the task to get started.
Chapter – 19 – Create large chunks of time:
Organize your days around large blocks of time so you can concentrate for extended periods on your most important tasks.
Chapter – 20 – 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.
Chapter – 21 – Single handle every task:
Set clear priorities, start immediately on your most important task, and then work without stopping until the job is 100 percent complete. This is the real key to high performance and maximum personal productivity.
Make a decision to practice these principles every day until they become second nature to you. With these habits of personal management as a permanent part of your personality, your future success will be unlimited. Just do it! Eat that frog!
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