Do you struggle with procrastination? Do you keep delaying your work until the last minute? do you know want to know how to overcome procrastination and get more done in less time? This video shares 20 valuable lessons from the book Eat That Frog by Brain Tracy on how to overcome procrastination and get more things done in less time.
1.Think on paper
A major reason for procrastination and lack of motivation is confusion, When things are unclear and uncertain, When you don’t know what exactly has to do when and how. So, to avoid any confusion think on paper, when you write down your goals you crystallize it and give it a tangible form, you create something that you can touch and see. On the other hand, a goal or objective it’s not sweet it is a miracle wish or a fantasy, with a written goal an organized plan of action you looking far more productive and efficient than someone who is carrying these goals around in his mind.
2.Plan every day in advance
Every minute spent in planning saves as many as 10 minutes and execution it only takes about 10 to 12 minutes for you to plan out your day. But this small investment of time will save you at least two hours in wasted time, when you plan each day in advance you find it much easier to start and to keep going, The work will go faster and smoother than ever before, you will feel more powerful and competent and will get more done faster than you thought possible.
3.Apply the 80/20 rule
20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. 20% of your customers will account for 80% of yourselves. 20% of your products or services will account for 80% of your profits. 20% of your tasks will account for 80% of the value of what you do not. Every single thing you do is equally important, that’s why there is no point of putting the same amount of effort to all of your tasks, especially when no matter how effective it try to be there will never be enough time to accomplish everything. Therefore focuses only accomplishing the most important tasks.
4.Consider the consequences
To measure the importance of any task, think about its consequences, the tasks will benefit you more in the long run are the ones it should be focusing on they should be on the top of your to-do list. The clear you can see how a certain tasks can help you in the long run, the most motivated you will be to overcome procrastination and get it done quickly.
5.Practice creative procrastination
Procrastination is not always bad. In fact, it can save you a lot of time if you use it in your advantage. Decide to progress it on the things that don’t make much contribution to the life. Most people engage in and conscious procrastination, they procrastinate without thinking about it, as a result they protested on the big valuable important tasks that can have significant long-term consequences to their lives.
6.Use the ABCDE method
Managers to-do list according to their importance that’s that are very important though that you must do should be under the category of a this is a task for which there can be a serious consequence if you do it or fail to do it like visiting a key customer or finishing a report for your
boss but those activities that are important but don’t have serious consequences should go under B if you don’t do it how we might get unhappy or inconvenient that it’s nowhere as important as a task a C task is defined as something that would be nice to do but for which there is no consequence at all whether you do it or not like having a coffee with your colleagues and finally a D task which is something that you can delegate to someone else the more tasks you can delegate the more time you will have for a task keep in mind that you should never do a B task when there is an A+ left on your desk.
7.focus on key result areas
And every time that you do there key areas that actually get the job done when it comes to cells for example opening or closing the cell are the key areas where you have to put most of your effort to get maximum results they’re always cute is also essential to your work which can determine your success or failure in your job find them and focus on them.
8.Villo of three
If I ask you to write down three most important things in your life and you have 30 seconds to think what would they be it would be probably a family health or career but are you really spending enough time on the most important things or most of your time you’ll engage in meaningless activities that are far away from what’s important in your life so always set your priorities.
9.prepare before you begin
One of the best ways to do to overcome procrastination and get more things done faster is for you to have everything you need at hand before you begin when you are fully prepared you’re like an archer with an arrow pullback toes in the bowl you just need one small mental push to get started and your highest valuable task.
10.Take it one oil barrel at a time
The easier and smaller the task the easier is for you to overcome the procrastination and start the job that’s why break up any task too many small little tasks to get your mind off the huge task in front of your and focus on a single action that you can take financial independence is
achieved by saving a little money every single month year after year health and fitness are accomplished by just eating little less and exercising a little more day after day month after month.
11.Upgrade your key skills
If you’re Lexie a Salesman and your job is to constantly deal with people your key skills are dealing with people negotiating or communicating and the better together did the easier and faster gets your job done and the better results you can accomplish always look for key skills of your job and keep improving them constantly.
12.leverage your special talents
Each of us naturally good at something because you are all born with some talents if your job is based on your talents then you’re naturally going to be good at it your job is to identify those special areas of uniqueness and then to commit yourself to becoming very very good at those areas.
13.identify your key constraints
Between what you activate and any objective or goal you want to accomplish there is always one constraint that must be overcome before you can achieve that major goal you job is to identify it clearly ask yourself these questions what is holding you back what sets the speed at which
you achieve your goal what determines how fast you move from where you are to where you want to go they’re always one of you major obstacles in achieving a certain goal.
14.Put the pressure on yourself
Imagine that you just received all the expenses paid for one week vacation a beautiful resort a surprise but you have to leave tomorrow morning or it will be given to someone else what would you actually make sure to get done before you leave whatever is your answers go and work on that right now each day put yourself under this kind of pressure to lead not choice to herself but to work on the most important things or you can do a Steve Jobs is to do he would look at the mirror every single morning and say to himself what would you do today if it was your last day.
15.Maximize your personal power a major
Reason for procrastination is to start on the task when you’re tired you have no energy or enthusiasm like a cold engine in the morning you can’t seem to get yourself started that’s why it’s necessary to get yourself in a press or slick before you start the second task there are also specific times during the day when you’re at your best you need to identify these times and discipline yourself to use them on your most important and challenging tasks.
16.motivate yourself into action
To perform at your best you must become your own motivator most of your emotions whether they’re negative or positive are determined by how you talk to yourself on a minute-to-minute basis it’s not what happens to you but the way that you interpret the things that are happening to you that determines how you feel you can train your brain to look at your problems and find something positive in them to motivate you like looking at your problems notice an obstacle that is a challenge that will make you stronger.
17.Get out of the technological time sinks
Although that the technology has made our life much easier but it also became a major source of abstraction we constantly check our emails what’s up whatever just to know if someone has messaged us we got so used to them that we check them even when no one is messaging us that distraction decrease our performance and productive keep away your technological device when it’s time for real work.
18.slice and dice the task
A major reason why people procrastinate is when the task appears too big and they feel that they won’t be able to finish it so they procrastinate it that’s why slice the task into little pieces psychologically you’ll find it easier to do a single small piece of a large project than to start on the whole job often once you have started and completed a single part of the job you will feel like doing just one more slice
soon you will find yourself working through the job one part at a time and before you know it the job will be completed.
19.Create large chunks of time
The most productive way to accomplish any task is to do it on one roll without any kind of distraction break down your day into chunks at a time and devote each chunk into a certain task make sure that it turns off and get rid of any kind of distraction during that time putting a goal that you won’t even touch your phone until the end of the chunk.
20.single handle every task single handling
Requires that once you begin you keep working at the past without diversion or distraction until the job is hundred percent complete like concentrating single mindedly on your most important task you can reduce the time required to complete by 50 percent or more each time you get distracted and return to the task you have to familiarize yourself with where you were and where you stopped and what you have still to do.