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Eat That Frog

Eat That Frog

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By Brian TracyEat that frog!
Your ability to select your most important task at each moment, and then tostart on that task and get it done both quickly and well, will probably havemore of an impact on your 
than any other quality or skill you candevelop!If you develop the habit of setting clear priorities and getting important taskscompleted quickly, you will run circles around a genius who talks a lot andmakes wonderful plans but gets very little done.An old saying is that
"If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a livefrog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing thatthat is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all daylong!"
is the one you are most likely to
 procrastinate on if you don't do something about it now! 
It is also the one task that can havethe
greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.
It has also been said that
"If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest onefirst!"
This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasksbefore you,
start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first.
Discipline yourself to begin immediately and then to persist until the task iscomplete before you go on to something else.You can think of it as a
"TEST" or personal challenge.
You must resist thetemptation to start with the easier task! You must continually remind yourself that one of the most important decisions you make each day is your choice of what you will do immediately and what you will do later --- if you do it at all!
One final assumption is
"If you have to eat a live frog, it does not pay to sitand look at it for a very long time!"MAIN IDEA =
The key to reaching high levels of performance and productivityis for you 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!Successful, effective people are those who launch directly into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single-mindedlyuntil those tasks are complete.In the business world, you are paid and promoted for getting specific,measurable results. You are paid for making a valuable contribution that isexpected of you. But many employees confuse activity with accomplishmentand this causes one of the biggest problems in organizations today, which isfailure to execute!1) Set the table
RULE 1 --- Think on paper!Step 1 =
Decide exactly what you want 
RULE 2 --- One of the very worst uses of time is to do something verywell that need not be done at all!Step 2 =
Write it down! 
Step 3 =
Set a deadline on your goal 
Step 4 =
Make a list of everything that you can think of that you aregoing to have to do to achieve your goal 
 Step 5 =
Organize the list into a plan
Step 6 =
Take action on your plan immediately! 
Step 7 =
Resolve to do something every single day that moves youtoward your major goal 
Clear written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They canmotivate you and galvanize you into action. They can stimulate your creativityand release your energy. They can help you overcome procrastination asmuch as any other factor. Think about your goals and review them daily.Every morning when you begin, take action on the most important task youcan accomplish to achieve your most important goal at the moment.Once you start moving, keep moving! Don't stop. This decision, this disciplinealone, can make you one of the most productive and successful people of your generation!2) Plan every day in advance
Begin today to plan every day, week, and month inadvance. Take a notepad or sheet of paper and make a list of everything youhave to do in the next 24 hours.3) Apply the
80/20 Rule
to everything ---
"We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright! 
Goethe quote
Resist the temptation to clear up small things first! 
Time management is really
"life management"
or personal management. Itis really taking control of the sequence of events in your life.
 You are always
"free to choose" 
the task that you will do next!
Your ability to choosebetween the important and the unimportant is the key determinant of your success in life and work!4) Consider the consequences
Long-term thinking improves short-term decision making! 
Future intent influences and often determines present actions! 
Review your list of tasks, activities, and projectsregularly and ask yourself: "Which one project or activity, if you did it in anexcellent and timely fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on your life?"

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