Book Notes : Eat that frog-"21 great ways to stop procrastination and get more done in less time" author Brian Tracy


-mental trap assuming that people who were doing better than me were actually better than me...what i learned was that this was not necessarily true...they were just doing things differently and what they had learned to do, within reason, i could learn as well.
- The ability to concentrate single mindedly on your most important task, to do it well and to finish it completely, is the key to great success, achievement  respect, status and happiness in life. Your ability to select your most important task at each moment and then to get started on that task and to get it done both quickly and well, will probably have more impact on your success than any other quality or skill.
- Many people confuse activity with accomplishment.
- there is one quality that one must possess that is knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to achieve it...
- increase your return on energy...it takes only about 10 to 12 minutes for you to plan out your day but this saves you upto two hours in wasted time and diffused effort throughout the day...
- first you should create a master list on which you write down everything you can think of what you want to do sometime in the future.  second you should have a monthly list that you end of month for the month ahead..this may contain items transferred from your master list...third you make a weekly list where you plan entire week in advance...this is a list under construction as you go through the current week...finally you should transfer items from your monthly and weekly lists into daily lists...
- 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results...people usually procrastinate on the top 10 or 20% of items that are most valuable and they busy themselves instead with least important 80% the trivial many that contribute to very little results...before you start work always ask yourself...'is this task in the top 20% of my activities or in the bottom 80%
- the hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place...your ability to choose between the important and unimportant is the key determinant to your success and happiness in life and work. successful people are those who are willing to delay gratification and make sacrifices in the short term so that they enjoy far greater rewards in the long term...unsuccessful people on the other hand think more about short term pleasure and immediate gratification while giving little thought on the long term future...
- the time is going to pass anyway..the only question is how u use it and where you are going to end up at the end of the weeks and months that pass...
- there is never enough time to do everything but there is always enough time to do the most important thing...
- what is the most valuable use of my time right now ?
- start with list of everything you have to do for the coming day...then place an A,B,C,D,E, next to each item...
A item is defined as something that is very important, something that you must do...this is a task that will have serious positive or negative consequence if you do it or fail to do it...if more than one than prioritize by A1, A2 ...
B item is defined as a task that you should do but it has only mild consequences...eg returning an important tel message...rule is never do a B task when A task is left undone...
C task is something that would be nice to do but for which there are no consequences at all whether you do it or not... C task includes phoning friend, coffee...
D task is defined something you can delegate to someone else...the rule is that you should delegate everything that someone else can do so that you can free up more time for A tasks that only you can do...
E task is something you can eliminate altogether...this maybe a task that was important at one time but is no longer relevant to you or anyone else...often it is something you continue doing out of habit or because u enjoy it...
Discipline yourself to start immediately on your A-1 task and then stat at it until it is complete..use your will power to get going and stay going on this one job, the most important single task...
- one of the most important requirements for being happy and productive is for you to guard and nurture your energy levels at all times...
- it is not what happens to you but the way that you interpret the things that are happening to you that determines how you feel...
- when people ask you how you are, always tell them 'i feel terrific'...no matter how you feel at the moment or what is happening in your life, resolve to remain cheerful and upbeat...
- optimism is the most important quality you can develop for personal and professional success and happiness...first optimists look for the good in every situation...no matter what goes wrong they always look for something good or beneficial...secondly optimists always seek the valuable lesson in every setback or difficulty...third optimists always look for the solution to every problem...instead of blaming or complaining when things go wrong, they become action oriented...they ask questions like 'what's the solution ? what can we do now ? what's the next step '...fourth optimists think and talk continually about their goals...always looking forward rather than backward...
- control your thoughts...be sure that you are thinking and talking about the things you want rather than the things you don't want...refuse to criticize others, complain or blame others for anything...make progress and not excuses...
- resist urge to start turning on communication devises as soon as you wake up in the morning...leave cell phone off...leave computer off until you have planned and organised your day...deliberately create zones of silence in your life where no one and nothing can break through and reach you...maintain your inner calm by forcing yourself to stop on a regular basis and listen to the silence...
- get news by talking to people instead of reading newspapers or watching television...
- the beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us...
- doing activity that you should do...you swiss cheese a task when you resolve to work for a specific time period on it...as little as five or ten mins after which u will stop and do something else...
- successful salespeople set aside a specific time period each day to phone prospects...rather than procrastinating or delaying on a task that they don't particularly like, they resolve that they will phone for one hour between 10 and 11 for example and they discipline themselves to follow through on their resolution...
- momentum principle of success...this principle says that although it may take tremendous amounts of energy to overcome intertia and get started initially, it then takes far less energy to keep going...
- elebert hubbard defined self discipline as ' the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not'...starting a high priority task and persisting with that task until it is 100% complete is the true test of your character, your willpower and your resolve...

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