Tips on how to Prioritize your work

Brian Tracy wrote a wonderful book, ‘Eat that Frog’ on the subject.

It talks about PRIORITIZING your work and finishing it in timely fashion. I read that book some time back and keep referring to whenever I need to remind myself on how to increase productivity & overcome inertia. It has a compilation of 21 simple techniques you can try to overcome procrastination and become more productive with your time.

What is your “frog?”


What is the one task that you despise doing each day?

Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it. For example, for some it could be Exercise, or meditation, or buying groceries, calling a staff meeting, spending time with your family, and many more. It could be different for different people.

Once you have chosen your “frog” that is your top priority task for the day.

Now, you need to make it a habit to wake up every morning and do that task first.

Make it a habit, Eat your ‘Ugliest Frog’ first thing in the morning and Stay stress free.

Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

If You Have To Eat Two Frogs, Eat The Ugliest One First

This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first.

Discipline yourself to begin immediately and then to persist until the task is complete before you go on to something else.

Time management tips

If You Have To Eat A Live Frog At All, It Doesn’t Pay To Sit And Look At It For Very Long

The key to reaching high levels of performance and productivity is to develop the lifelong habit of tackling your major task first thing each morning.

You must develop the routine of “eating your frog” before you do anything else and without taking too much time to think about it.

Take Action Immediately:

Successful, effective people are those who launch directly into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single-mindedly until those tasks are complete.

“Failure to execute” is one of the biggest problems today. Many people confuse activity with accomplishment.

They talk continually, hold endless meetings, and make wonderful plans, but in the final analysis, no one does the job and gets the results required.

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