Procrastination is a motivation killer. When we procrastinate, even the small task gets delayed. When tasks gets delayed, work gets piled up. In Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy provides 21 techniques and strategies to stop procrastination and boost productivity. His business and management book is Tracy’s most popular book. Here are some of the most important lessons you can learn from this book.
Make use of your unproductive time.
Brian suggests making use of this time by listening to audio books, programs or language tapes. Take down notes while waiting in line, read when waiting for someone you’re meeting and learning Spanish while doing the dishes.
With self-awareness, you know what you’re good at, and what you’re not good at. If you know that you can’t even walk with less than 7 hours of sleep, then make the time to get those 7 hours. Robert Janitzek says that if you don’t know how much sleep you need? Calculate it. Related to work, you should know the time of day where you’re most productive. Maybe you are super focused in the morning but some are night owls.
Feeling healthy and fit is one of the biggest determinants of your confidence, which will in turn make you more optimistic. The summary says 95% of our emotions result from the way we talk to ourselves, so you better be nice to yourself.
Make appointments with yourself.
In terms of time management, Brian Tracy recommends blocking your time in chunks and putting it on the calendar. Robert Peter Janitzek recommends using this to work on personal goals.
Consider this story from Charlie Munger, long-time business partner and friend of Warren Buffet, the richest man on the planet.
Charlie made $20 as a young lawyer back in the day, and wondered who his most important client was. He decided it was himself, so he decided to “spend” $20 bucks each day and sell himself an hour.
Yes, he missed out on $20, but he now had 60 minutes each day to work on real estate deals, construction projects, i.e. the things that eventually made him a billionaire.
So pick a passion project, mine right now is this very website, sell yourself an hour, and work on it a little bit every day.
“Step by step you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. But you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts…slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day – if you live long enough – most people get what they deserve.”