Such a yucky word.
Yet we all do it.
We all have to do it.
The question is – how do we choose which things need to be done now and which ones can wait?
Brian Tracy released the 3rd edition of his classic book Eat that Frog! 21 Ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time this week. If you, like me, have procrastinated simply reading this book, it’s time to pick it up and see how it can change your life!
I actually never really considered myself to be a procrastinator, to be honest. In high school and college, I was not the one cramming for an exam or finishing my project at the last minute. I liked to work ahead and stay ahead. Even now, I love to utilize project boards and lists to keep me on track.
Ok – but here’s the problem. Sometimes that same thing would be on my to-do list for days. Weeks, even. Maybe I didn’t really want to do it. Maybe I wasn’t sure how to even start the task. Maybe it just kept getting pushed down the list because it wasn’t a top priority.
Brian’s book takes all of your excuses and turns them into opportunities. But before we get into the book, I think we need to talk about what in the world it means to eat that frog!
“It has been 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 possibly the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. 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. It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.” (Eat That Frog! p. 2)
Your frog may be related to your job – maybe it’s a task you need to complete or a skill you need to hone. Your frog may be related to your health, or a relationship, or even a far-off dream. Whatever your frog is, the key is to define it first.
This book is easily digestible and supremely practical. Each of the 21 lessons toward productivity have its own chapter. And at the end of each chapter is an “eat that frog” box with one or two action steps to help you put that lesson into action.
Some of the lessons I’ve already used in my own life – things like planning your day in advance, focusing on key result areas, and preparing thoroughly before beginning. Other lessons were great reminders of how to creatively procrastinate (after all, we can’t do everything right now! Some things have to be postponed), and remembering to delegate and eliminate unnecessary tasks.
My favorite lessons were the ones about pushing yourself.
“The world is full of people who are waiting for someone to come along and motivate them to be the kind of people they wish to be.” (p. 68)
No one is going to cause you to become the person you desire to become. Only you can do that!
Yes, there will be those along the way who encourage you and pull things out of you that you didn’t believe were there (that’s what a leader does!).
But ultimately, the decision to push to become better is up to you.
Which is a great reminder as you read this book.
This book will not change your life. Only you can do that when you apply what you learn from this incredible book.
So go ahead.